Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says he's counting on cornerback Richard Sherman being ready for training camp, and also gave updates on a few other players when talking to reporters at the NFL Combine Thursday.
INDIANAPOLIS — Seahawks coach Pete Carroll offered a number of updates on the team’s personnel during his meeting with the media at the NFL Combine Thursday.
Here are highlights:
- Carroll said Richard Sherman had what had been a planned surgery on his left Achilles recently to clean up some bone spurs. Sherman remains in a boot but will be out of it in a few weeks and Carroll said his overall recovery from the Achilles injury on the right side is going well and that he is “counting” on Sherman to be ready for training camp. “He is doing well,” Carroll said. “He just had his second surgery on the other side, which was a much more minor surgery, just cleanup but also in his Achilles. Very positive, he’s had a seemingly great process up until now. It’s a bit of a setback for a couple of weeks now because he is in the boot on the other foot but he is not slowing down he is working like crazy. He is having a fantastic off season his mentality is good. He’s competing like crazy right now.’’ Sherman said a few weeks ago he expects to be ready for training camp saying he thinks he’ll be 100 percent earlier but the team will likely take it cautiously with him.
- Asked about rumors the team could be looking to trade Sherman, Carroll said: “(General manager) John (Schneider) is doing all the talking right now, doing all the conversations about everybody. This time of year we are listening to everybody about everything, like we do. Nothing specific.’’
- Carroll was also suitably vague about the future of Michael Bennett, also the subject of rumors he could be released. “I haven’t talked to Mike in while now,” Carroll said. “But it’s the time of year, conversations going in all directions.’’
- Carroll said there is nothing new on the status of Cliff Avril and Kam Chancellor, who each continue to be tested for nerve/neck issues that resulted in stingers last season and have it unclear if either will be able to play again. “Nothing new,” Carroll said. “Those guys are still in process and we are waiting for the word where they have their stations along the way where they check in with the docs and all that. Really holding out hope that things work out.’’ Asked if he was planning that the two could not play in 2018, Carroll said: “No, not planning that.”
- Carroll also said he had no real update on the status of Malik McDowell, who missed last season with a severe concussion suffered in an ATV accident in July. “Nothing new,” he said. “Same kind of thing. He’s got a process he is going through, we get information rarely in his case but there will be a time when you will hear more. Don’t have much for you now, sorry.’’
- Carroll would not say if the team might put a franchise tag on defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, though it is expected that the team will not. The deadline to do so is Tuesday. “All those choices are out there,” Carroll said with predictable coyness.
- Asked about Earl Thomas desiring a new contract, Carroll laughed and said: “Let’s see, last year at this time he had retired. I’m not sure where to put that right now. Earl and I have talked about some stuff, that specifically was not very much of a topic or a discussion. He’s a great competitor he wants to take it as far as he can and I admire the heck out of him.’’ Asked if the team has been in communication with Thomas he said: “Everybody is talking to everybody right now.’’
- Asked about the progress of George Fant from his ACL injury and where he might fit in to the line next season, Carroll said: “We’ve got to get Georgie back. He’s having a great offseason, seeing him almost every day as he runs through the building working out and, he’s really excited about it and we’ll see how far he can take it. George was just on the rise and just coming and he had a tremendous start to last season and we were really excited about him. We’ll just see where that fits together. Can’t tell you that right now.’’ Carroll said there is a chance that Fant will be ready for training camp. “There’s a chance for that,” he said. “That’s what he’s shooting for. …. We won’t rush him at all. He’s got a great future ahead of him and we’re excited about his development. We’ll see what happens but I know he’s holding out (hope) for that.”
- Asked if Germain Ifedi might move to guard from right tackle, Carroll said: “We’re wide open to all the stuff that is going on but not that specifically, no.’’
- Carroll said running back Chris Carson, who had ankle surgery in October, should be ready for training camp.
- Carroll didn’t give away much about the team’s free agent plans saying the Seahawks would like to keep as many of their own players as they can. But here’s what he said when asked about wanting to re-sign tight end Jimmy Graham: “I hope so, I’d love to keep him. We love Jimmy, we love what he did. He had a very effective year for us last year, we’d love to have him back. We’ll see how it goes and see how the competition is for him.” Asked if Graham is a priority, Carroll said: “Yeah, keeping all of our guys are priorities. Nothing different. We have a number of guys out there that are really important to us, but it’s all going to be up to the process of it and how Johnny can wing and see what’s going on. Other teams will factor into as well in how they go at our guys, so we just have to wait and see what happens.”
- Carroll said the team will consider using DeShawn Shead at safety in 2018, assuming he re-signs. Shead has played safety and corner since coming to the Seahawks in 2012 but was solely a cornerback in 2016 when he started on the right side. “That’s a good question,” Carroll said. “We will talk to him about—he’s such a versatile player, he has played both for us. We’ll see what happens. We know he can play corner and we like the way he plays at corner, but everything is open. I have not talked directly to him about that, but we have mentioned it to him.”
- Carroll said the team plans to add another kicker to compete with recent free agent signee Jason Myers. “That’s quite likely, yeah,” he said. Of Myers, Carroll said: “So far he hasn’t missed.”