Seahawks Pick Up C Justin Britt’s Option, Keeping Him Under Contract Through 2020


Brady Henderson of ESPN reports that the Seahawks recently picked up C Justin Britt‘s $5 million option, which will keep him under team control through the 2020 season.

According to Henderson, had the Seahawks decided to decline Britt’s option, it would have voided the final year of his three-year, $27 million extension he signed with Seattle last summer. Beyond that, Henderson says it would also have increased his 2018 base salary of $2.75 million to $7.75 million.

By picking up the option, Britt receives the $5 million difference in the form of a bonus.

Britt, 26, is a former second-round pick of the Seahawks back in 2014. He was in the final year of his four-year, $3,546,930 contract and set to make a base salary of $891,399 for the 2017 season when the Seahawks signed him to a  three-year, $27 million extension last year.

Britt stands to make base salaries of $2.75 million (2018), $4.5 million (2019), and $8.25 million (2020) over the final three years of the agreement.

In 2017, Britt appeared in all 16 games for the Seahawks and is rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 17 center out 36 qualifying players.