A day after the 2016 season came to an end, tight end Luke Willson knew his future was uncertain, but he was clear about what he was hoping would happen.
"You're here for four years, and this is all I know," Willson said on the day Seahawks players cleaned out their lockers. "It'd be very weird for me to leave and go somewhere else, especially with the bonds, obviously with the players, but even just the staff around here… This is really my family. I'm not just saying that. I love these guys. It'd be tough to leave."
Over the weekend, Willson and the Seahawks made sure Seattle would remain home, with Willson re-signing with the team that selected him in the fifth round of the 2013 draft.
"We love what Luke contributes to this team," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said at the end of the season when asked about Willson's status as a soon-to-be free agent. "He has been a very good Seahawk. He has been awesome to coach and be a part of it. It's one of those deals we'd love to have him back. We did pursue that earlier and we tried to get something done and we weren't able too. We would love to have him back so he knows we want him and we'd like to have him on our team."
Since joining the Seahawks, Willson has established himself as an important part of the offense, first as a tight end primarily known for his pass-catching ability, then as he developed, as a more complete tight end who also contributes to the running game as a blocker.
In his four seasons with the Seahawks, Willson has caught 74 passes for 976 yards and seven touchdowns, averaging 13.2 yards per reception.
In honor of Canada Day, take a look back at the best photos of the Seahawks' two Canadian players, punter Jon Ryan and tight end Luke Willson.