October 3, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) hands the football off to running back Chris Carson (32) against the San Francisco 49ers during the first quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Pete Carroll: Seahawks RB Chris Carson (neck) may face end of career

Seattle Seahawks running back Chris Carson has not been cleared to return to football activities and will miss the team’s upcoming minicamp after neck surgery last November.

Seattle’s Pete Carroll said Thursday that Carson is set to have a “big assessment” with doctors in two weeks and stressed that no decision has been made, but the head coach struck an ominous tone regarding the career of the five-year veteran.

“Our guys love this game that they grow up playing, and when they sense that there may be an end to it, it’s hard. It’s difficult, and it’s real,” Carroll said, per the Seattle Times. “And we’re going to love him through it and help him as much as possible, if that’s the case, like we do with everybody when it comes to the end of it. It’s inevitable. It’s coming, but it’s always too soon, so we’re trying to fight that off.

“He’s battling. He’s doing everything he can. He wants to compete all the way to the last word. And so he’s going for it.”

Carson, 27, played in just four games (all starts) for Seattle in 2021, rushing for 232 yards and three touchdowns. He underwent season-ending cervical surgery in November.

He was a 1,000-yard rusher in 2018 and 2019 and has gained 3,502 rushing yards in 49 games (48 starts) over five seasons with Seattle. He has 24 rushing touchdowns and seven receiving scores in his career.

–Field Level Media

Seahawks' D.K. Metcalf (14) carries the ball against the Eagles Monday, Nov. 30, 2020 in Philadelphia.

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Report: DK Metcalf missing from Seahawks’ minicamp

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf is absent from the team’s mandatory minicamp, which began Tuesday, NFL Network reported.

The absence comes amid contract talks between the three-year player and the team. Metcalf is rehabbing from foot surgery in Los Angeles, per the report.

Metcalf is slated to make $3.986 million in 2022, the fourth and final year of his rookie deal.

Metcalf, 24, has 216 catches for 3,170 yards and 29 touchdowns in 49 career games (48 starts) for Seattle. The Seahawks drafted Metcalf in the second round (64th overall) of the 2019 draft. He made the Pro Bowl after the 2020 season.

Metcalf is subject to fines if his absence is deemed unexcused. Metcalf reportedly was present for parts of the team’s voluntary organized team activities.

–Field Level Media

Apr 28, 2022; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Mississippi State offensive tackle Charles Cross after being selected as the ninth overall pick to the Seattle Seahawks during the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft at the NFL Draft Theater. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Seahawks sign No. 9 overall pick Charles Cross

Rookie offensive tackle Charles Cross signed a four-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks worth $21.38 million.

Cross, the ninth overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, receives a fully guaranteed deal with $12.73 million in the form of a signing bonus. The team holds a fifth-year option as is standard with all contracts for first-round draft picks.

Cross is the highest draft pick to enter the NFL without an agent to handle negotiations, although rookie deals are set by the collective bargaining agreement slotting system.

The 21-year-old Cross was the final top-10 pick from the 2022 draft to sign. He was selected with the first-round pick the Seahawks received in the Russell Wilson trade with the Denver Broncos.

A two-year starter and All-SEC pick at left tackle for Mississippi State, Cross is pegged to be the top left tackle on the roster this season. Duane Brown, an unsigned free agent, turned 36 and remains unsigned.

–Field Level Media

Feb 2, 2022; Coral Gables, Florida, USA; Miami Hurricanes head football coach Mario Cristobal talks on a phone while sitting court-side during the second half between the Miami Hurricanes and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Watsco Center. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Alonzo Highsmith leaves Seahawks for Miami role

Seattle Seahawks scouting exec Alonzo Highsmith will be moving to the opposite corner of the country, back to his home and alma mater, having accepted a role as general manager of football operations for the Miami.

The longtime NFL executive is a member of the Miami Sports Hall of Fame. He finished his college career with 2,935 all-purpose yards and 25 touchdowns, and helped lead the Hurricanes to the 1983 national championship.

“Alonzo is a true Miami Hurricane,” said Miami head coach Mario Cristobal. “Alonzo brings experience as a student-athlete, a first-round NFL draft pick and an NFL executive. He shares our vision for the trajectory and the culture of this football program, and his knowledge and experience will allow him to make a positive and powerful impact on our program and community.”

Highsmith will work directly with Cristobal to support all administrative functions of the football program, from budget related items to culture building. He will also be a liaison between the administration and the football program and between former Miami players and staff.

Additionally, he will assist with scouting and roster assessment and supervise NFL relations.

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Aug 21, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock (3) walks to the locker room following a 30-3 victory over the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Seahawks stand behind Drew Lock, not chasing QBs

Head coach Pete Carroll wants the Seattle Seahawks to stand pat at quarterback, throwing his support behind newcomer Drew Lock.

Carroll said Lock would’ve been the top-rated quarterback in the 2022 NFL Draft, couching the opinion as part of the reason he’s comfortable not chasing other available quarterbacks.

“I don’t see us making a trade for anybody at all. I don’t see that happening,” Carroll said in an interview with KJR-FM in Seattle. “But we’re certainly going to continue to be open to chances to help our club, and meanwhile we’re just going to be battling and competing our tails off. There’s always possibilities, so we keep open to that.”

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield is the name that continues to come up, but Carroll would only say the Seahawks are always going to “keep looking” and competing.

Lock came to Seattle as part of the package the Denver Broncos traded to get Russell Wilson in March.

Lock had 787 passing yards, two scores and two interceptions in six games last season, serving primarily as the backup to Teddy Bridgewater in Denver in 2021. He has 24 career appearances and is 8-13 as a starter.

A second-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, he has completed 59.3 percent of his passes for 4,740 yards, 25 touchdowns and 20 interceptions.

Mayfield was displaced as the starter in Cleveland when the Browns acquired Deshaun Watson. The Carolina Panthers are another team commonly associated with Mayfield rumors.

But Mayfield himself said last month he didn’t know where he might end up before suggesting “maybe Seattle.”

Carroll said the competition he envisions is with Lock, Geno Smith and Jacob Eason.

“All three of our guys have great arms,” Carroll said. “They can rip the ball around the field. They are really talented, arm-talent wise. They are big, sharp and move the ball well. Right now, you can’t tell the difference from one thrower to the next because they can all just chuck it.”

–Field Level Media

Mar 2, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll during the NFL Combine at the Indiana Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Pete Carroll: Seahawks not in market for QB

The Seattle Seahawks, seven weeks removed from the trade that sent quarterback Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos, aren’t in the market for a veteran quarterback.

That was the message Thursday from Seahawks coach Pete Carroll while speaking to Seattle’s Sports Radio 950 KJR-AM.

“I don’t see us making a trade for anybody at all,” Carroll told the radio station, according to ESPN. “I don’t see that happening. But we’re certainly going to continue to be open to chances to help our club, and meanwhile we’re just going to be battling and competing our tails off. There’s always possibilities, so we keep open to that.”

Carroll had been asked specifically about Baker Mayfield, who lost his starting quarterback job in Cleveland when the Browns acquired Deshaun Watson from the Houston Texans in mid-March.

The Seahawks’ current quarterback depth chart is topped by Drew Lock, who arrived in the Wilson deal, and Geno Smith.

Lock, 25, produced an 8-13 record as a starter while appearing in 24 games for Denver from 2019-21.

Smith, 31, went 1-2 as a starter for Seattle last year. He previously had a 12-18 mark as the New York Jets’ starter, and he lost his lone start for the New York Giants in 2017.

The Seahawks have two other quarterbacks on the roster: Jacob Eason, a 2020 fourth-round draft pick of the Indianapolis Colts who has yet to start an NFL game, and Levi Lewis, just signed as an undrafted free agent out of Louisiana.

Asked again by KJR about the Seahawks’ QB situation, Carroll said with a laugh, according to ESPN, “There’s no chance I’m going to tell you anything more than what I just told you, but I love you for trying. Honestly, we’re going to keep looking and seeing what’s available, but only to help our club and try to make us better. If the case presents itself, we’re going to be ready for it.”

Wilson, 33, was the Seahawks’ starter ever since he was drafted in 2012. He led the team to two Super Bowls, winning one, and made the Pro Bowl nine times.

–Field Level Media

Oct 17, 2021; London, England, United Kingdom; A general overall view of Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with the British and the United States flags on the field during the playing of the national anthem before the  NFL International Series game between the Miami Dolphins and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs and Seahawks to play NFL’s first game in Germany

Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will face the Seattle Seahawks on Nov. 13 in the NFL’s first regular-season game in Germany.

The NFL announced the international schedule for the 2022 season Wednesday, including three games in England in October and one in Mexico in November.

The Buccaneers and Seahawks will play at 9:30 a.m. ET at Allianz Arena in Munich.

The New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings will meet on Oct. 2 and the Green Bay Packers will take on the New York Giants on Oct. 9, with both games at 9:30 a.m. ET at London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The Denver Broncos and Jacksonville Jaguars will play at London’s Wembley Stadium on Oct. 30, also at 9:30 a.m. ET.

On Nov. 21, the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers will clash on “Monday Night Football” at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.

The Broncos-Jaguars game will be the first NFL contest broadcast on ESPN+.

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Nov 21, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith (7) jogs to the locker room following a 23-13 loss against the Arizona Cardinals at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Report: QB Geno Smith to sign 1-year deal with Seahawks

Quarterback Geno Smith will sign a one-year contract worth $7 million with the Seattle Seahawks, NFL Network reported on Thursday.

Smith, 31, started three games last season for the Seahawks while Russell Wilson was sidelined with a finger injury. Overall, Smith saw action in four games and passed for 702 yards, five touchdowns and one interception.

With Wilson traded to Denver in the offseason, the Seahawks’ quarterback room consists of former Bronco Drew Lock, Jacob Eason and Smith.

Smith, 31, went 1-2 as a starter last season and is 13-21 over his NFL career. He was a second-round draft choice by the New York Jets in 2013 and made 29 starts over his first two seasons.

Overall, Smith has passed for 6,917 yards, 34 touchdowns and 37 interceptions in 45 games with the Jets (2013-16), New York Giants (2017), Los Angeles Chargers (2018) and Seahawks (2019-21).

–Field Level Media

Dec 12, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos tight end Noah Fant (87) reacts after running into a cheerleader following a reception prepares in the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Seahawks exercise fifth-year option on TE Noah Fant

The Seattle Seahawks exercised the fifth-year option on tight end Noah Fant, multiple outlets reported Tuesday.

The move guarantees Fant will make $6.85 million in 2023.

Fant was acquired from the Denver Broncos last month as part of the trade that sent quarterback Russell Wilson to the Mile High City.

The 24-year-old Fant caught 68 passes for 670 yards and four touchdowns last season and has 170 receptions for 1,905 yards and 10 scores in 47 games (41 starts) over three seasons.

Fant was the 20th overall draft pick out of Iowa in 2019 and signed a four-year, $12.6 million deal. He is slated to make $2.2 million in 2022.

Fant is the first player from the 2019 draft class to have his fifth-year option picked up.

–Field Level Media

Oct 25, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (54) walks to the locker room following a 13-10 loss against the New Orleans Saints at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Ex-Seahawks LB Bobby Wagner visits Rams

Free-agent linebacker Bobby Wagner visited with the Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams on Wednesday, NFL Media reported.

Wagner, of course, is no stranger to the NFC West, having played all 10 seasons of his NFL career with rival Seattle.

The Seahawks released Wagner on March 9, saving $16.6 million against the salary cap for 2022.

The eight-time Pro Bowl selection had a career-high 170 tackles in 2021 despite missing time with a knee injury. He added one sack, one interception and one forced fumble in 16 starts.

Wagner, who will turn 32 this summer, made his initial voyage into free agency on the heels of suffering MCL and PCL sprains in Week 17 against the Detroit Lions, although he expects to be healthy for the 2022 regular season.

–Field Level Media