Sources: Carroll, Seahawks Agree to Terms

As first reported by Los Angeles news station KTLA, USC head coach Pete Carroll is headed to Seattle to accept an offer to be the Seahawks' head coach and team president.

As first reported by Los Angeles news station KTLA, USC head coach Pete Carroll is headed to Seattle to accept an offer to be the Seahawks' head coach and team president. Carroll will replace former head coach Jim Mora, who was fired on Friday morning, and former team president Tim Ruskell, who resigned on December 2 after learning that he would not be retained by the team after his contract ran out.

According to KTLA and other sources, Carroll will receive a five-year contract worth $35-40 million. It is, however, important to note that nothing is yet signed because of the Seahawks' responsibility to adhere to the Rooney Rule, which states that a minority candidate must be interviewed for any football-related staff position. According to Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times, Carroll's presidency would subvert the rule because the league doesn't consider "team president" to be a football-related position, and thus there is no responsibility to interview minority candidates. But there is a Rooney clause in the head coaching position, which is why the Seahawks are trying to coordinate an interview with Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier. Frazier has already refused to interview once, though recent reports indicated that he may have changed his mind.

It is not known how the personnel responsibilities will be split -- though Carroll has four years of NFL coaching experience, he has never worked as a general manager or run those specific aspects of a professional football team. It's entirely possible that the Seahawks are still in the market for a general manager who would report to Carroll, CEO Tod Lieweke, and owner Paul Allen. Baltimore Ravens director of player personnel Eric DeCosta has already cancelled his trip to Seattle. The Seahawks are thought to be interested in New York Giants Director of College Scouting Marc Ross. Ross, an eminently qualified candidate, would satisfy the Rooney Rule criteria. Other sources believe that Carroll would want to hire Pat Kirwan, the current NFL.com and SIRIUS NFL Radio analyst who scouted for several years and worked as the director of player administration for the New York Jets in the mid-1990s. Carroll and Kirwan have a long relationship.

As far as Carroll's coaching staff, expect a mostly college-level crew, with several USC hires. A source has also told NorthwestFootball.NET that Carroll has called a team meeting for Monday, and that's where the news is expected to be broken. Carroll had a 33-31 record with the New York Jets in 1994, and with the New England Patriots from 1997 through 1999.

Stay tuned for more news as it becomes available, and more analysis through the weekend and beyond…


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