RENTON, Wash. — The Seattle Seahawks have called a news conference for Friday morning amid a report they have reached a contract extension with coach Pete Carroll.
NFL Network reported Thursday night, citing a “source,” that Carroll and the Seahawks had reached agreement on a contract extension. Carroll’s original five-year deal with the team was set to expire after the 2014 season.
The Seahawks’ announcement did not specify the nature of the news conference, and team officials would not confirm the report of an extension for Carroll.
Carroll reached the top of the NFL last season, leading the Seahawks to their first Super Bowl title. Lured away from USC in 2010 with the chance at have complete control over the football operations, Carroll tore down then rebuilt the Seahawks’ roster into one of the best in the NFL. He’s 38-26 in four regular seasons with Seattle and 5-2 in the playoffs.
Carroll has made competition the benchmark of his time in Seattle. It’s why quarterback Russell Wilson and cornerback Richard Sherman have become stars — because they were given opportunities in Carroll’s system.
Carroll, 62, is the second-oldest coach in the NFL but rarely appears his age. He came to Seattle because of the chance he didn’t have in his two previous stops as an NFL head coach: control. Seattle gave him the reins to the franchise and hired him before adding general manager John Schneider to the mix, a relationship that has been marked by stability and success.
Carroll lacked control in his previous positions with the New England Patriots and New York Jets. But after a decade of winning with the Trojans and having that control, it was something Carroll demanded if he was going to return to the professional ranks, and the Seahawks were willing.