Seahawks notes from Pete Carroll at the combine
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll spoke with reporters at the scouting combine Friday, first in a press conference and then in separate interviews. Here are the most noteworthy pieces of information:
Lynch’s future. During his press conference, Carroll said he hasn’t spoken with running back Marshawn Lynch recently but reiterated that negotiations have been going on for quite a while and that the team would prefer a decision from Lynch sooner rather than later. Carroll said the team has had “big offers out there and continue to work with that.” Carroll said in an interview with ESPN that Lynch – assuming he accepts Seattle’s offer – is “going to get paid more money and he deserves it.”
Simon’s shoulder. Add cornerback Tharold Simon’s name to Seattle’s list of banged-up defensive backs. According to Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times, Carroll indicated that Simon may need shoulder surgery this offseason. Simon was injured in Week 16 then sat out the regular-season finale before returning for the playoffs. Carroll confirmed that neither strong safety Kam Chancellor (knee) nor cornerback Richard Sherman (elbow) will need offseason surgery for their injuries.
Miller on track. Per Condotta, Carroll said tight end Zach Miller should is progressing in his rehab from ankle surgery and is on track to be ready for the start of next season. Miller was placed on season-ending injured reserve in September when his ankle wasn’t responding to surgery he had undergone in September. Carroll said at the time that Miller would need an additional surgery.
Still rounding out staff. Carroll said the Seahawks are still trying to complete their coaching staff with two additional defensive hires and that the team is looking at candidates at the combine. Seattle has yet to hire a defensive backs coach to replace Kris Richard, who was promoted to defensive coordinator. Rocky Seto was promoted to assistant head coach/defense, leaving vacant his previous role of defensive passing game coordinator. Seattle also lost defensive assistant Marquand Manuel to Atlanta’s staff.