The Seahawks reached a six-year, $25 million deal to re-sign wide receiver Darrell Jackson on Tuesday. Included in the deal is an $8 million signing bonus.
Jackson will make $9 million this season and $13 million over the first three years of his contract.
Jackson's agent, Brian Mooney, flew from Tampa to Seattle on Monday night to try to finalize the deal. Jackson, considered the top receiver in unrestricted free agency, talked to 11 teams during the first week of free agency. He made a visit to the Detroit Lions last week.
The Seahawks have been trying to re-sign him since last season. Jackson wanted to test the free agent market with hopes of getting a $5 million a year bid. Those chances changed when the Eagles didn't show much interest and the Jets traded for Titans receiver Justin McCareins.
"There are some great opportunities out there," he said. "But
I like it here and I feel this team is on its way up. I want to be
part of that because I feel like I helped build it."
Jackson, 25, has been a productive receiver since coming into the league as a third-round choice in 2000. He's caught 233 passes for 3,808 yards and 27 touchdowns in four seasons.
"I'm happy to be back in Seattle with my trio of partners and
this organization, the players, the coaches, the medical staff, the
equipment guys, everybody," Jackson said at a news conference.
Keeping Jackson was considered one of the priorities of the Seahawks, who went to the playoffs last year with one of the best offenses in the NFL. In the two days, the Seahawks reached agreements with defensive tackle Cedric Woodard and linebacker Isaiah Kacyvenski.
"We've stressed throughout the process that retaining our own
free agents is extremely important," general manager Bob Ferguson
said. "Darrell is a part of a core group of players that's brought
us a lot of success. This allows him to grow with the other young
talent we have on offense."
Jackson was their lone unsigned starter on offense.
Information from ESPN.com's John Clayton and The Associated Press was used in this report.