There was only one story with the Seahawks today, the news that Pete Carroll had signed a new three-year contract that will keep him on the Seattle sideline through at least 2016.
That it was just a three-year deal elicited some angst on social media. GM John Schneider said, though, there was no real meaning to the length other than that it was just how things went during negotiations. But obviously it seemed tied to keeping Carroll and Schneider together. I made that aspect of this the focus of my story for the Saturday paper — that this assures three more years of Carroll/Schneider.
Why not longer?
As noted, Schneider said there was no real meaning to the length other than that it was “part of the negotiation.”
One potential factor could be that Carroll will be 65 when this deal runs out, though he said in a later interview with KJR-AM that he plans to coach past that date. Maybe it simply allows everyone to feel secure — but not too secure or tied down. Unlike in 2010, when Carroll needed some reasons and security to leave USC, he’s well-entrenched with the Seahawks now.
Also consider that many NFL coaches contracts are in the 3-5-year range.
No one involved, though, seemed worried about it, focusing for now on 2014 and the challenge of repeating as Super Bowl champs.
And as for that challenge, Carroll loudly hinted to expect some news in the coming weeks and months 0n securing more of the team’s on-field core.
“There are other things that you will see through the off-season here that we are continuing to work to make that happen,” he said. “And hopefully this is a statement that we are here for the long haul and we want our players to come along with us.”
Generally regarded as the next piece of the puzzle is locking up safety Earl Thomas to an extension. In fact, there was a lot of buzz this week that maybe the team was ready to announce something regarding Thomas, who is entering his fifth season and scheduled to be a free agent following the 2014 season. Sources said, though, there is nothing imminent. That doesn’t mean it can’t happen quickly, though.
Each side appears to understand what the other will want and expect out of a deal, and an agreement could likely be struck fast once the two sides sit down — it was generally expected that the team would want to get through this free agency period before doing anything with Thomas, as was the case last year with Kam Chancellor, who signed on April 22 (recall that Michael Bennett was due to be a free agent this year, so that’s why they had to do something with him quickly).
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— In the KJR-AM interview linked above, Carroll spoke about the progress of DE Greg Scruggs, who missed last season with a knee injury, and said “we think he’s going to be right in the middle of” the battle for playing time on the defensive line. He also indicated the team is more than willing to go into the season with the defensive line that it currently has saying “we’ve got a real nice mix of guys. … we think we have a real nice plan.” He compared Scruggs to Bennett in terms of style, indicating to expect Scruggs to be used similarly to Bennett.
— Here’s a five-minute interview of Carroll on the NFL Network. Notably, Carroll says he thinks the losses the Seahawks have had to take in free agency can “be withstood” and that every decision was made to “maximize” the opportunity for the team’s young core. Carroll also repeated that he his goal for Russell Wilson would be to complete 70 percent of his passes “one of these years” and Wilson will only “continue to grow.”
— NFL.com reported Friday night that Oregon State receiver Brandin Cooks has either a visit or a workout upcoming with the Seahawks. No surprise there as Cooks was one of the stars of the NFL Combine, and it’s little secret the Seahawks are looking to add some receivers.
— ESPN.com wonders if Carroll is among the best coaches ever.
— Here’s video of the entire press conference from Seahawks.com.
— More coverage from Seahawks.com.
— Former Seahawk Justin Forsett is now with the Ravens.
— FootballOutsiders offers a pre-draft breakdown of UW running back Bishop Sankey.