Carroll says Walter Jones is retiring

Apparently knowing in advance that All-Pro offensive tackle Walter Jones was planning to retire, the Seahawks must have been elated to watch Oklahoma State’s Russell Okung fall to them at No. 6.

Seattle head coach Pete Carroll told the Associated Press on Thursday that the organization has spoken with Jones and that an announcement regarding his future will come next Thursday.

"He's going to be Walter [Jones'] replacement," Seattle offensive line coach Alex Gibbs told the AP after the Seahawks drafted Okung.

Jones—a 13-year veteran out of Florida State who has spent his entire career in Seattle—has been trying to work his way back from two knee surgeries. The 36-year-old’s last game came on Thanksgiving Day in 2008.

The Seahawks were among the big winners on Day 1 of the 2010 draft, grabbing one of the best offensive tackle prospects (Okung) at No. 6 and then landing Texas safety (one of Pete Carroll’s favorite positions) Earl Thomas at No. 14.

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