Report: Seahawks reached out to Dungy last month

From Chris Mortensen of

As the Seattle Seahawks face criticism for their execution of the NFL's "Rooney Rule" before naming Pete Carroll has their head coach, it was confirmed Monday that the Seahawks last month reached out to Tony Dungy to become their team president.

John Wooten, chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance that monitors the minority hiring process with the NFL, said Dungy turned down the opportunity with the Seahawks.

"They called Tony about three weeks ago to see if he would seriously consider becoming their president," said Wooten. "He told them he wanted to pray and sleep on it but the next day he called them back and said he wanted to stick with everything he was doing now. He would have been the guy, I believe, if he had wanted to do it."

Dungy told ESPN last month that an executive search firm had contacted him about a front office leadership position with an NFL franchise but he did not want to identify the team. Dungy could not be reached Monday night for a more specific response to the Seahawks' interest last month.

Wooten said the Seahawks' willingness to apparently hire Dungy was one reason why he was adamant with Seahawks CEO Tod Leiweke that the team not name Carroll as team president and coach before he gave his blessing to Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier to interview with the team.


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