BY Art Thiel 11:15PM 03/09/2015

Seahawks sign ex-Eagles CB; Carp goes to NYJ

After a visit Friday at Seahawks headquarters, CB Cary Williams and the Seahawks must have liked what each other saw. The eight-year veteran from the Philadelphia Eagles — the team that will sign Legion of Boom CB Byron Maxwell — is set to sign Tuesday when the free agency period commences, according to anonymous leaks to national media sources.

Also Monday night, reports say free agent LG James Carpenter, the Seahawks’ first-round draft choice in 2011, is destined to join the New York Jets, who lost out on acquiring former 49ers Pro Bowl selection Mike Iupati, who is joining the Arizona Cardinals.

The Seahawks said before last season they weren’t exercising their fifth-year option on the 340-pound Carpenter, who has had injury and conditioning problems, so the assumption has been that he would enter free agency. Carpenter had his best season, giving up only one sack, that one in the Super Bowl, and starting all 13 games in which he was healthy.

Carpenter and Maxwell are the Seahawks’ only starters who are unrestricted free agents.

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Williams, who was also considering the Jets and Tennessee, which took him in the seventh round of the 2008 draft, was going to earn $6.5 million in 2015 with a cap hit of $8.1 million. That made him expendable in the massive remake being undertaken by coach Chip Kelly.

In Philly for two seasons and in Baltimore for two seasons before that, Williams, 30, has been an every-day guy — 43 starts in 48 games played, and also won a Super Bowl ring as a Ravens starter in the “Harbaugh Bowl.”¬† Last year, Williams had 56 tackles, 10 passes defensed and two interceptions.

Williams also has some baggage. He missed some OTA workouts in 2013 because he was shopping for home fixtures. And in 2014, he criticized Kelly’s practice regimen: “A lot of guys had no legs,” he said. “We have to take care of our guys during the week to make sure we’re fresh come Sundays.” He later apologized.

Terms of the contract aren’t yet available, but Williams seems in line to be a starter opposite Richard Sherman in place of Maxwell, who parlayed 17 starts in Seattle to a contract worth up to $63 million. Surgeries to repair injuries to CBs Jeremy Lane and Tharold Simon have hit hard Seattle’s famed depth.

Also Monday, the Seahawks added Will Blackmon, a free-agent corner from Jacksonville.


Unrestricted Free Agents

Date Player Action Skinny
3/8 TE Anthony McCoy Re-signed One year; injured last 2 seasons
3/10 CB Byron Maxwell Signed-Phil 6 years, $63 million: ($10.3 average)
3/10 LG James Carpenter Signed-NYJ 4 years, $20 million
3/10 LB Malcolm Smith Signed-Oak Super Bowl XLVIII MVP

Restricted Free Agents

Date Player Action Skinny
3/6 DE Greg Scruggs Re-signed Injured reserve last 2 years (knee)
3/9 LB Mike Morgan Re-signed Played in 53 games since 2011
3/9 WR Ricardo Lockette Re-signed 11 catches, 2 TDs in ’14
3/9 CB DeShawn Shead Re-signed Played in 16 games with 1 start in ’14

Extensions / Restructures / Cuts

Date Player Action Skinny
3/6 RB Marshawn Lynch Extend. 3 years, $31 million; $12 million in 2015
3/6 TE Zach Miller Cut Played 3 games in ’14; had severe ankle injury
3/6 DT Jesse Williams Cut IR most of last 2 years with knee injuries
3/6 OT Garrett Scott Cut Waived due to a non-football heart condition

Remaining Unrestricted Free Agents

Player Pos. Age Current Avg. Skinny
Kevin Williams DT 34 $2,100,000 Candidate for 1-year deal
Jeron Johnson S 26 $1,500,000 15 games in ’14, 1 start
Demarcus Dobbs DE 27 $1,431,000 4 games in 2014, no starts
Tarvaris Jackson QB 31 $1,250,000 Played in one game in 2014
Heath Farwell ILB 33 $1,125,000  Retiring to coach
Clint Gresham LS 28 $827,500 Played in all 16 games
Landon Cohen DT 28 $730,000 Played in one playoff game
O’Brien Schofield LB 27 $730,000 Played in every game in ’14
Will Tukuafu FB 31 $645,000 Made 2 starts in 2014
Tony Moeaki TE 27 $645,000 6 games, 2 starts in ’14
Lemuel Jeanpierre C 27 $645,000 Played in 15 games in ’14
D’Anthony Smith DT 26 $570,000 Practice-squad player
Bryan Walters WR 27 $570,000 Was not tendered

Remaining Restricted Free Agents

Player Pos. Age Current Avg. Skinny
Stephen Shilling G 26 $645,000 Went on IR Nov. 10 (knee)
David Gilreath WR 26 $495,000 Didn’t play in 2014
Jermaine Kearse WR 25 $480,000 Winning TD in NFC Champ.

Free Agents Signed

Date Player Pos. From Skinny
3/9 Will Blackmon CB Jacksonville 12 starts for the Jaguars last 2 years
3/9 Cary Williams CB Philadelphia Deal is 3 years, $18 million


Date Player Pos. From Skinny
3/10 Jimmy Graham TE New Orleans Cost: C Max Unger, No. 1 pick



  • smb

    I assume the Seattle front office didn’t get any game film from the Eagles…Williams was out of position constantly and seemed to guess wrong about 75% of the time

    • Edgar Martinez

      I have trust in the coaches here to get him back on track.

      • RadioGuy

        Hope you’re right because if he doesn’t get with the program (and taking OTAs off to buy furniture isn’t part of it), he’ll be gone. Unmotivated players don’t have long shelf lives in Seattle.

  • Topcatone

    Zach Miller was cut!?!?!??! Must have SOME serious career ending injury…best receiver on the team IMHO, and a critical reason why the Hawks struggled a bit this year. Big loss.

  • jafabian

    Doesn’t surprise me Carpenter is gone. If teams were lining up for Breno and McQuistan last year it stands to reason Carp could command a lot of attention. Not surprised that Miller was cut. There’s no way he’d pass a physical right now. He can still be brought back at a lower salary once he’s healthy but I’m surprised that McCoy was brought back after having two injury prone seasons. Evidently the price was right. They could also bring back Kellen Davis since he only signed a 1 year deal with the Giants. McQuistan also only signed a one year deal with the Browns. Good pickups by the Hawks with Williams and Blackmon.

  • John M

    An aside for those still agonizing over The Play that ended the SB. Hugh Millen gives an excellent dissection of the play and why it was called posted on