Pete Carroll on Seahawks' vetting of Tramaine Brock's DV case: "I don't know how anyone could have done a more extensive look into this." pic.twitter.com/aaLARaoThS— Brady Henderson (@BradyHenderson) August 17, 2017
RENTON – Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Thursday that the team did “all of the homework that could be done” before signing cornerback Tramaine Brock, who was recently cleared of domestic violence charges.
“I don’t know how anybody could have done a more extensive look into this,” Carroll said. “(General manager John Schneider) started this quite some time ago and followed it throughout to make sure we knew exactly what was going on. I’m not going to go into the particulars for you, but we feel assured that we have done all of the homework that could be done, and done a little bit past that and then maybe past that.
“We’re happy to have him on our club. He’s (being) thrown into the competition of things. We’ll see how he does and all that, but we’ve really done our work here and feel like that we’re in a good place with him.”
Brock was arrested in April on suspicion of felony domestic violence and child endangerment following an alleged incident with the mother of his children, which prompted his immediate release from the 49ers. He pleaded not guilty to those charges. The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office dropped the charges last week, citing insufficient evidence because the alleged victim did not wish to cooperate.
When asked if the Seahawks spoke with the alleged victim as part of their investigation, Carroll declined to answer.
“I’m not going to go into that,” he said. “There’s a million questions you could ask me about that. We’ve done everything that you could do. All I can tell you, it’s been a comprehensive look into it and I feel great telling you that. There’s too many aspects of it to go ahead and talk to you about it specifically.”
The Seahawks on Wednesday signed Brock, 28, to a one-year deal that includes a base salary of $900,000, which is the veteran minimum and a bargain given his starting experience. Carroll said he’ll play Friday night in Seattle’s second preseason game.
“He’s a really good football player. He’s got good versatility. He can play inside. He’s going to get a good look at the nickel spot, but he’s a very versatile football player and all-around really tough, competitive guy,” Carroll said. “With all the homework that we did on him, we think he has a chance to fit in really well in that regard. He’s only been out here today and yesterday. We don’t know a whole lot about him in comparison with our guys, but we’ll figure that out in the next few weeks, see where he fits.”