NFL.com reported Friday that the Seahawks and coach Pete Carroll are negotiating a contract extension. Carroll is entering the final year of a contract agreed to in 2014.
INDIANAPOLIS — Asked several times in recent months about his contract situation, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has responded, “I’m doing great.”
Behind the scenes, the assumption has been that Carroll and the Seahawks are working on a new deal or an extension of his contract, which runs out after the 2016 season. Adding further evidence to that was a report Friday from NFL.com stating that the sides are working on a new deal.
Carroll is entering the final season of a contract he signed in April 2014, when he was also entering the final season of his contract. He initially signed a five-year deal with Seattle in 2010 after leaving USC.
The assumption all along has been that Carroll and the Seahawks would again agree to something this winter or spring, as they did two years ago, to keep him in the fold.
Carroll was asked about his contract situation at the NFL combine Thursday and said “I’m doing great,” which has become a typical answer when asked about his future with the team.
General manager John Schneider, asked Wednesday about Carroll’s contract situation, said, “I think Pete would tell you he’s in great shape and we’re happy to be working together.”
Carroll, who turns 65 in September, is believed to be making roughly $9 million per year.
Schneider also has a contract running through 2016, and it was not viewed as a coincidence that when Carroll signed his new deal in 2014 that it matched the tenure of Schneider. It will be interesting to see if the Seahawks also do something with Schneider’s contract.
Or if maybe they have and it just hasn’t been announced. Last time, no one knew for months that Schneider had agreed to an extension of his contract.