It’s a little late for a birthday present — he turned 69 in September — but Pete Carroll needs no ceremony. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported ahead of the Seahawks game in Buffalo Sunday that the winningest coach in Seahawks history has signed a contract extension through the 2025 season, when he will be 74.
The NFL’s second-oldest coach — Houston’s Romeo Crennel, 73, took the top rung Oct. 4 when he replaced the fired Bill O’Brien after the Texans started 0-4 — has shown no lack of acumen or energy as the Seahawks began the day 6-1, the NFC’s best record despite having the NFL’s worst defense statistically, while navigating a sports world disrupted by a pandemic.
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) October 12, 2020
In his 11th season with the Seahawks, Carroll has a record of 106-61-1, with eight playoff appearances, four NFC West titles, two Super Bowl appearances and one Super Bowl victory.
Carroll’s current deal, signed in December 2018, was set to expire after 2021. The most popular estimate of his annual salary — there is no public disclosure of NFL coaching salaries — was $11 million. The NFL Network reported earlier in the year the sides were working on a five-year extension.
His partner in the most successful run in franchise history, general manager John Schneider, has a contract through the 2022 season. QB Russell Wilson’s deal runs through 2023.
Carroll said after the Seahawks 44-34 loss that the deal has been quietly in the works for awhile.
“I think in all the years we’ve been here we’ve never talked about contracts,” he said. “I think for a gesture like this from Jody Allen and the organization, at a time when everybody is struggling, suffering . . . we talked about it way before all the issues that have happened. It finally came together.
“Just didn’t feel like it needed to be talked about unless we had to. That’s all.”
Carroll confirmed his preference for five-year plans.
“Whatever it keeps rolling,” he said. “Whatever those years are, I’m rolling. Five-year plan.”