Seahawks GM John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll held their official pre-draft press conference today.
As might be expected, they revealed very little news, though there was plenty of interesting insight into how Carroll and Schneider work as a team.
Carroll and Schneider also hit hard the importance of signing undrafted free agents once the draft concludes, Carroll even admitting at one point that the team was trying to sell the idea of how the Seahawks should be attractive to prospective UDFAs.
In one note concerning the current roster, Schneider spoke about the decision to decline the option on the fifth year of James Carpenter’s contract. Schneider said it was simply in keeping with the roster models they have and not a reflection on Carpenter, saying he “has had a nice off-season and looks great.” The option would have paid Carpenter $7.438 million in 2015, though guaranteed only in the event of injury. Now, Carpenter can be an unrestricted free agent in 2015, though the team could also sign him to a new deal at any point.
I’ll pass along more quotes later.
For now, here is some video of the opening few minutes.
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