Pete Carroll signs contract extension with Seattle Seahawks

By Matt Johnson
Nov 1, 2020; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll watches pregame warmups against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Pete Carroll is reportedly signing a multi-year contract extension with the Seattle Seahawks, all but ensuring the head coach finishes his NFL career in Seattle.

Carroll last signed an extension in 2018, which kept with the Seahawks through 2021 as the second-highest-paid NFL coach at $11 million. With the team’s continued success, he is now being rewarded with another deal.

Seahawks news: Pete Carroll signs multi-year extension

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the contract is believed to extend through the 2025 season. While the details haven’t been confirmed, Carroll is expected to remain one of the NFL’s highest-paid coaches.

The Seahawks hired Carroll before the 2010 season, choosing him to replace Jim Mora. Almost instantly, the team became a contender. After going 4-12 in 2008 and 5-11 in 2009, Seattle made the playoffs in Carroll’s first year at the helm.

Carroll, 69, is the NFL’s oldest head coach and will certainly retain that title for years to come with his new deal. If he serves out the entire contract, Carroll will be 74 and still serving as an NFL head coach.

Pete Carroll’s coaching record

When the Seahawks chose Carroll, the move drew some questions given his resume at the NFL level. In stints with the New York Jets and New England Patriots, his teams didn’t always leave a strong impression.

He earned his first opportunity with the New York Jets in 1994 and the team started on a bright note with a 6-5 record, but lost its next five games. He was fired after one season, later serving as the defensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers.

New England hired him in 1997, replacing iconic coach Bill Parcels. The Patriots went 10-6 in his first season and won a playoff game, but things went downhill after that. Across three seasons with the Patriots, he posted a 27-21 record.

Carroll’s tenure in Seattle has been a different story. Entering Week 9, the Seahawks are 6-1 and poised to make another run at the Super Bowl. Across nearly 11 seasons in charge, Carroll boasts a 106-60-1 record in the regular season. The Seahawks have won one Super Bowl and one NFC title under his direction.