Seahawks decline Carpenter’s option, make other moves

Staff writerMay 2, 2014 


Seahawks offensive lineman James Carpenter (77) squares off against Raiders defensive lineman Vance Walker during Thursday night's NFL preseason football game at CenturyLink Field in Seattle on Aug. 29, 2013.

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The Seattle Seahawks made a series of moves on Friday, most notably declining to exercise the fifth-year contract option for the 2015 season on guard James Carpenter.

The team also brought back outside linebacker/defensive end O’Brien Schofield, signed cornerback A.J. Jefferson and reshuffled the lower levels of their coaching staff.

Carpenter, selected by Seattle with the 25th overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft, started 26 of 32 games played in his three seasons. In 2013, he played in all 16 games with 10 starts. He has played in one postseason game, starting at left guard in Super Bowl XLVIII against the Denver Broncos.

Before last season, Carpenter had two knee surgeries and struggled with his conditioning. He shared the left guard spot with Paul McQuistan, who left as a free agent to sign with the Cleveland Browns.

Schofield was a free agent who originally signed a head-scratching two-year, $8 million deal with the New York Giants. The Giants said Schofield, who tore a knee ligament in 2010, failed a physical. They then voided the contract.

So, Schofield is back on a one-year deal with the Seahawks. He made eight tackles last season in 15 games played. He was inactive for the NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers but played a significant amount in the Seahawks’ Super Bowl win against the Denver Broncos.

Jefferson — 6-foot-1, 190 pounds — went undrafted out of Fresno State in 2010. The Minnesota Vikings released Jefferson in November of last year after his arrest on domestic assault charges.

Jefferson pled guilty to a misdemeanor in March to avoid being charged with a felony. He spent three days in jail and received one year of probation.

In addition, the Seahawks shifted duties around among their coaching staff. They named Will Harriger offensive assistant, Chris Morgan assistant offensive line coach and Chad Morton assistant special teams coach. Coach Pete Carroll’s son Nate is now assistant wide receivers coach, and John Glenn is quality control/defense coach.

Morton spent seven seasons in the NFL as a running back and kick returner.

Harriger was most recently at Florida (2012-13) and spent most of his career coaching linebackers.

Morgan was with the Oakland Raiders (2009-10) and Washington Redskins (2011-13) as an assistant offensive line coach. His time with the Raiders overlapped with Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable.

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