RENTON, Wash. — Pete Carroll said Thursday the Seattle Seahawks remain optimistic they can reach a receiver deal DK Metcalf but i still don’t know whether to run back Chris Carson will be coming back from neck surgery.
The two offensive stars did not participate in this week’s minicamp for various reasons. Carson had an excused absence as he has not yet been medically cleared while Metcalf, who is awaiting a massive extension, stayed out in a somewhat surprising move. The star receiver had drawn praise from Carroll for participating in the voluntary part of the team’s off-season training program amid his volatile contract situation and recovery from foot surgery.
Speaking Thursday after the final practice of Seattle’s mandatory three-day minicamp, Carroll said he hoped Metcalf would be there and called it regrettable that he wasn’t.
“A decision he had to make,” Carroll said. “We missed him. He had done a good job contributing, being part of everything we had done and then he’s just not there. So I can’t say much about what he didn’t make it here, but we’d love to have him with us.”
The Seahawks ruled Metcalf’s absence from minicamp unwarranted, meaning he could face fines of more than $93,000 for missing all three days. Carroll was asked if the team planned to impose these fines, but declined to answer, citing its policy of not discussing such matters publicly.
Metcalf, 24, enters the final year of his rookie contract after recording a total of 216 catches for 3,170 yards and 29 touchdowns in his first three seasons. He hasn’t missed a game since the Seahawks drafted him with the final second-round pick in 2019. His performance, along with the surging wide receiver market, put Metcalf in line for a deal that could average more than $25 million a year. .
Carroll said there have been “some” contract talks with Metcalf’s team. The Seahawks typically don’t finalize big-money extensions for contracted players until late summer.
“These are crucial weeks to do something and we’ll see what happens and hopefully we can find a solution,” Carroll said. “[We’ve] really intend to do so.”
When asked if he was less optimistic about getting a deal with Metcalf than he was before his minicamp no-show, Carroll noted that the Seahawks have a strong track record of extending players that ‘they wanted to keep it long-term since he and general manager John Schneider arrived. 2010.
“I’m no less optimistic, no,” Carroll said. “We’ve been going through this for years. It’s a tough time. We’ve had so many top guys who have gone through this process, and how has it worked out for us? We figured it out in time John’s on it He’s as experienced as he can be at handling this stuff and DK has great representation and DK is one hell of a kid But there’s no way to avoid the first time of this, the first time what it does and the experience and all that… He’s a remarkable person. He’s a wonderful player. He has so much to offer the world and everything, I just don’t want him to miss this opportunity where we can’t understand So we’ll do all we can.
Carson, 27, played just four games last season due to a neck injury that required what Carroll described as fusion surgery in December. He still does not have a full range of motion, according to Carroll, and was not medically cleared after a recent evaluation.
Carroll said there was a “big assessment to be made” when the doctors meet with Carson again in a few weeks, adding: “They will meet again and see where he is and let us know.”
“We visited – it was about 10 days ago now – here and had a really good chance to hang out with him and feel him,” Carroll said. “He’s worried because he wants to play and he likes the game and he’s a hard worker, he wants to work and push and all that, and there are things he was still a bit limited in doing, so he wasn’t quite ready to do everything at that point.
“It’s just tough for him. Our guys love this game that they grow up playing and when they feel there can be an end, it’s tough. It’s tough and it’s real. We’re going there. love and help him as much as possible if that’s the case, like we do with everyone when he comes to the end. It’s inevitable. It happens. But it’s always too soon. We try to fight against that and he knows it. He’s He’s doing everything he can and he wants to compete until the last word, so he’s going for it.”
Carson began his five NFL seasons as a starter in Seattle. He passed for 1,100 yards in 2018 (14 games) and 2019 (15 games), the two healthiest seasons in what was otherwise an injury-plagued career. He’s under contract through 2022 after testing free agency last offseason and returned to Seattle on a two-year, $10.425 million deal, with $5.5 million guaranteed.
“He’s always been one of my favorite Seahawks,” Carroll said. “I loved what he stood for and what he brought and we would love to see him again. He is a very special player and a very special competitor in your team and your person. So we are keeping our fingers crossed. “
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