12:31pm: It’s a three-year extension for Carroll, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (via Twitter).
FRIDAY, 8:05am: Carroll’s new deal will make him one of the league’s three highest-paid coaches, tweets Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.
THURSDAY, 10:13pm: The Seahawks and head coach Pete Carroll have agreed to a contract extension, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (via Twitter). The deal will be announced at a press conference on Friday.
Carroll was entering the final season of his five-year, $35MM deal, but it isn’t unprecedented for a championship-winning coach to sign an extension shortly after winning a Super Bowl. Carroll would follow John Harbaugh (Ravens), Tom Coughlin (Giants) and Mike McCarthy (Packers) in a line of coaches that signed extensions after winning a ring. Last offseason, Harbaugh signed a four-year deal worth nearly $7MM a season. Considering Carroll made about that much money in 2013, Carroll’s new deal may exceed Sean Payton‘s league-leading $8MM annual salary. The deal should also have an impact on a potential Jim Harbaugh extension. Harbaugh’s deal is set to expire after the 2015 season.
After eight seasons as an NFL head coach, Carroll won his first Super Bowl this past February. Since taking over as the Seahawks head coach in 2010, the 62-year-old helped take the team from a sub-.500 squad to a perennial contender. Prior to his time in Seattle, Carroll also coached the Patriots and Jets. From 2001-2009, Carroll coached the USC Trojans and led the team to an 83-19 record, establishing the Trojans as one of the premier teams in college football.