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SEATTLE, Wash. (AP) -- A person with knowledge of the contract says that the Seattle Seahawks have signed first-round draft choice Aaron Curry to a six-year contract that guarantees him $34 million.
The person told The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity Saturday because the Seahawks have not announced the deal.
It's the richest guarantee for a rookie non-quarterback in NFL history and has a maximum value of $60 million.
The No. 4 pick from Wake Forest ran onto the field Saturday afternoon a few minutes into practice, eight days after training camp began. The fans in attendance cheered wildly as Seattle's new outside linebacker nodded in their direction.
Only top overall pick Matthew Stafford, the quarterback drafted by Detroit, has received a richer guarantee from this year's draft.
Stafford got $41.7 million guaranteed from the Lions. Last year's No. 4 overall pick, running back Darren McFadden, got $26 million guaranteed from Oakland.
Curry says he didn't just sit around during the hold out.
"I definitely spent this last week studying my play book and just going over the Xs and Os but it's so hard to really study it when the X's and O's aren't moving," said Curry. "So, I have a lot of catching up to do as far as physically and mentally."
"I think this was our 13th practice today and he didn't get a whole lot today," said Head Coach Jim Mora. "So 12 practices, you got to say: 30, 40, maybe 50 plays each practice plus all the one on one, all the technique work and then all the hours and hours of meeting time. He's got a lot of work to do."