Questions about Pete Carroll's contract, Paul Richardson and draft trades highlight our latest Seahawks' Twitter mailbag.
Time for round one of what I hope will be regular Twitter/e-mail mailbags throughout the off-season.
On to the questions.
Q: @fz206asked: Apologies if you’ve been asked this already, I haven’t seen it yet. Any talks on an extension for Pete Carroll?
A: It’s been asked, but that certainly remains a good and relevant question as Carroll is entering the final year of his contract. Coaches typically don’t like to work with just one year left on their deals, though Carroll may be one of a handful of NFL coaches whose status wouldn’t be endangered by a bad season.
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Still, the expectation is that something will get done to give Carroll another two or three years before the 2016 season begins.
You just may not hear about it until the minute it happens.
Carroll likes to keep these things as under-wraps as possible. Asked about his contract during his end-of-season press conference on Jan. 18, Carroll said simply “I’m in great shape. Thanks for asking.’’
That is essentially the same answer he has given whenever asked about his contract this year, and basically the same answer he gave in 2013, when he was in a similar situation.
It wouldn’t be a surprise if Carroll’s current situation turned out similarly to how it did then. After Seattle won the Super Bowl in 2013, Carroll was entering the final year of his deal heading into 2014. But he then signed an extension through the 2016 season, a deal that was announced on April 4 and thought to pay him at least $8 million a season (unlike player contracts, those of coaches do not typically become public).
Carroll will turn 65 on Sept. 15, but he has said he has no set plans for retirement.
What some no doubt are thinking could change the situation is that there has been some inevitable speculation that the LA Rams might be interested in Carroll should the job come open there.
Current Rams’ coach Jeff Fisher is likewise entering the final season of his contract, so something could happen one way or the other there to either assure Fisher stays a while or that the job comes open.
Would Carroll be interested if that happened?
The lure of a triumphant LA return for Carroll appears potentially tempting. But it also seems pretty hard to see him wanting to walk away from a team that still has legitimate Super Bowl hopes and turning all he has helped build over to someone else.
Q: @RossRichendrfer asked: I’m curious how Paul Richardson is considered inside the VMAC. Seems like outsiders have soured on his future/health/upside.
A: One thing I would caution is assuming what those on the outside may think is what those on the inside do.Was there disappointment this year that Richardson was immediately injured again when he returned in 2015 from rehabbing an ACL, suffering a hamstring injury when making a 40-yard catch against the Cardinals? Sure. But there was no blaming of Richardson for a football injury or something, especially one that could well have been related to the previous one. Things happen in football.
Certainly, the hope is he can stay healthy and contribute this season. And no doubt, it will be interesting to see the moves the team makes in the off-season at the receiver spot and what kind of role that will leave for Richardson.
But no one is down on him for suffering two significant injuries in two pretty intense football game.
The team drafted Richardson in 2014 with the hope that he could provide a deep threat and also be a returner and they have been encouraged by what he has done when he has played.
It’s expected Richardson will be healthy and ready to go for the beginning of camp, if not sooner.
Q: @TruthisTold2u asked: how interested would Seattle be in a trade up in first round?
A: I think they are always interested. But as your question indicates, it’s not something they have done since John Schneider and Carroll took over prior to the 2010 draft. Since then, the Seahawks have moved up in the draft just twice, trading two picks to move up in the fifth round in 2013 to draft Jesse Williams and trading three picks last year to move up 26 spots into the third round to take Tyler Lockett. Most of those kinds of trades are made during the draft itself as teams see how the picks are unfolding and who may suddenly be available where, which makes it really hard to predict what anyone will do ahead of time — usually, the teams aren’t even sure until the minute such moves happen.
One thing to recall is the different economics of first-round picks and those in other rounds, and how late-first round picks have been seen by some to be particularly attractive (which is explained well here).
Seattle, sitting at No. 26, figures to have no shortage of options of what it could do there, as it has in the past, and could well decide to do what it more often has done — trade down a few spots to stockpile picks in later rounds (Schneider has talked often of liking the idea of having lots of picks and thereby increasing the odds of getting players that will turn out to be good players).
But we have also seen the Seahawks make big moves when they have found a reason to do so, notably the Percy Harvin and Jimmy Graham trades.
Their history in general would say they won’t make a big move to trade up. But their history also shows they are willing to explore all options. So yes, I guess I’m saying I have no idea but I also won’t be surprised by whatever they do.