One of the biggest reasons why the Seattle Seahawks have been one of the best teams in the NFL over the past several years is the fact that they are able to retain key players. Holding onto talent is something that Seahawks owner Paul Allen has said is very important to him. He has been able to make good on that pledge time and time again. The Seahawks have done it again by announcing that center Justin Britt has agreed to a contract extension that will last for three years. The total value of the pact will be $27 million.
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said that he was thrilled with Britt’s development last season. Britt played at center, guard and tackle. The team feels that his best overall position is center. That is where he will be starting the 2017 season. He was selected in the second round of the 2014 draft and made rapid improvement. All of his coaches have raved about his strong work ethic. He loves to spend extra time in the gym. He is also one of the first people to show up to practice each day.
One of the things that coach Carroll and the Seahawks management like the most about Britt is his willingness to play different positions and do whatever is necessary to help the team. His coaches have also praised his leadership ability. The center position is one that demands a strong leader. Britt would definitely fit that description. Britt is now entering his fourth season in the NFL. That means this new contract will carry him through the best years of his career. The Seahawks plan on having Britt be one of their core nucleus for the next three years. They are going to depend on him to anchor their offensive line and provide excellent protection for QB Russell Wilson.
It should be no surprise to anyone that the Seattle Seahawks are once again one of the favorites to go to the Super Bowl. Most of the preseason publications predict that Seattle will have no problems winning their division yet again. The continued improvement of Justin Britt will be a big factor in helping to make that goal a reality. The team spent a decent amount of money in the off season to improve in certain areas they were lacking in last year. Seahawks owner Paul Allen has never been afraid to write a large check if he believes that it will help his team in a big way.
Britt feels it was his destiny to be drafted by Seattle. He has fallen in love with the city, the stadium and the fans. Of course, Seattle fans have a reputation for being the loudest in the NFL. Britt says he couldn’t believe how loud the stadium got the first time he played there. He said you do not get a sense of the noise when you hear it on TV. He says that being able to play his home games in that environment is a blessing.