Seahawks coach Pete Carroll gets new contract
The Seahawks announced a new contract for coach Pete Carroll on Friday morning. Carroll’s original five-year deal was due to expire after the 2014 season. The new three-year contract runs through the 2016 season.
Seattle Times staff reporter
As the first coach in team history to win a Super Bowl, Pete Carroll’s job with the Seahawks was beyond secure.
Still, the original five-year deal Carroll signed when he left USC in 2010 to come to Seattle was due to run out after the 2014 season.
That won’t be an issue now, however. The Seahawks announced Friday morning they have signed a new deal with Carroll. The new three-year contract runs through the 2016 season.
Carroll signed a five-year deal worth a reported $35 million when he left USC in 2010 to come to Seattle, an average of $7 million a season that reportedly ranks tied for third in the NFL. That’s less than only the $8 million per season of Sean Payton of New Orleans and the $7.5 million of Bill Belichick of New England.
Carroll had been asked several times in recent months about an extension but evaded the topic, usually saying simply, “I’m doing great.’’
The Seahawks last year extended the contract of general manager John Schneider through the 2016 season. Schneider also came to Seattle before the 2010 season and has worked in lockstep with Carroll to bring the franchise to unprecedented heights.
Carroll, who turned 62 on Sept. 15, led Seattle to a 13-3 regular-season record in 2013, tied for the best in franchise history, and then a run through the playoffs that culminated in a 43-8 win over Denver in Super Bowl XLVIII. That was Seattle’s first Super Bowl win in only its second appearance in 38 years as a franchise.
Carroll is 43-28 in four seasons with the Seahawks, the third-most wins of any Seattle coach following Mike Holmgren (90-80) and Chuck Knox (83-67). His .605 winning percentage is the best in team history.
His success with Seattle, which will be reflected in a new deal sure to keep him near, if not at the top, of the coaching salaries in the NFL, has served as redemption for Carroll. He had been fired after stops with the New York Jets (1994) and New England Patriots (1997-99).
He revived his career with a run at USC from 2001-09 in which he went 97-19 and won seven consecutive Pac-10 titles (2002-08).
Carroll was hired following the firing of Jim Mora — Holmgren’s successor — who lasted just one season. Carroll has led Seattle to the playoffs in three of four seasons, and NFC West titles in 2010 and 2013.
• The Seahawks on Thursday also announced the signing of free-agent long-snapper Jorgen Hus, who played at the University of Regina from 2010-12 and was in camp with the Rams last season before being released. He will compete for the job with Clint Gresham, Seattle’s long-snapper since 2010.