BY Art Thiel 09:27AM 11/08/2020

Carroll gets contract extension through 2025

Pete Carroll struck while his iron was 6-1 hot, getting a contract extension through the 2025 season from the Seahawks, keeping him in Seattle for the rest of his coaching career.

Pete Carroll has himself a new deal. / Drew Sellers, Sportspress Northwest

It’s a little late for a birthday present — he turned 69 in September — but Pete Carroll needs no ceremony. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported ahead of the Seahawks game in Buffalo Sunday that the winningest coach in Seahawks history has signed a contract extension through the 2025 season, when he will be 74.

The NFL’s second-oldest coach — Houston’s Romeo Crennel, 73, took the top rung Oct. 4 when he replaced the fired Bill O’Brien after the Texans started 0-4 — has shown no lack of acumen or energy as the Seahawks began the day 6-1, the NFC’s best record despite having the NFL’s worst defense statistically, while navigating a sports world disrupted by a pandemic.

In his 11th season with the Seahawks, Carroll has a record of 106-61-1, with eight playoff appearances, four NFC West titles, two Super Bowl appearances and one Super Bowl victory.

Carroll’s current deal, signed in December 2018, was set to expire after 2021. The most popular estimate of his annual salary — there is no public disclosure of NFL coaching salaries — was $11 million. The NFL Network reported earlier in the year the sides were working on a five-year extension.

His partner in the most successful run in franchise history, general manager John Schneider, has a contract through the 2022 season. QB Russell Wilson’s deal runs through 2023.

Carroll said after the Seahawks 44-34 loss that the deal has been quietly in the works for awhile.

“I think in all the years we’ve been here we’ve never talked about contracts,” he said. “I think for a gesture like this from Jody Allen and the organization, at a time when everybody is struggling, suffering . . . we talked about it way before all the issues that have happened. It finally came together.

“Just didn’t feel like it needed to be talked about unless we had to. That’s all.”

Carroll confirmed his preference for five-year plans.

“Whatever it keeps rolling,” he said. “Whatever those years are, I’m rolling. Five-year plan.”

 


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  • 1coolguy

    Pete is like the Energizer bunny – His level of genuine energy and enthusiasm are unmatched.

    • art thiel

      Admirable level of enthusiasm for football and life.

  • 2nd place is 1st loser

    Good for Pete, he’s the gift that keeps on giving.

    • art thiel

      I’ve never sensed any flagging interest, as I did with Chris Petersen.

  • jafabian

    Well deserved. I can’t think of anyone who could remotely come close to replacing him on a comparable level.

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      You’re right. One of a kind.

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