With an uncapped year in the works (the first in the NFL since 1993) Carroll’s free agent options this March are looking pretty bleak. Those with value are likely to be restricted and retained by their current teams.
Plus, it’s no secret that the draft won’t be enough to rebuild the failing squad.
Carroll has a penchant for persuading former colleagues and even mentors to join him wherever he is; this has been no exception in Seattle.
With no other options and owner Paul Allen’s money readily available (probably), Pete Carroll has started aiming his sights at NFL superstars he coached into fruition at USC.
Reggie Bush has already proven he’s easy to buyoff allegedly) and Carroll is ready to do it again. This time the New Orleans Saints get the payday.
Negotiations have been somewhat unorthodox, since as reigning Super Bowl Champions, the Saints have some trendy players that will cost a bundle (thank you Paul Allen), but don’t have much need for things like draft picks. Instead Carroll has offered cash, a car, and free housing to Tom Benson, Sean Payton, and any family members still suffering the effects of Hurricane Katrina.
Top pundits are predicting the Seahawks will use their sixth draft pick to claim Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford who spent most of last season on the bench due to injury. So it should come as no surprise that the Seahawks have also made an offer for the Steelers’ injured Troy Polamalu.
Both would fit snugly into the Seahawks’ latest strategy.
The Steelers, however, proved last season that they can’t live without Polamalu and won’t surrender him cheaply.
Carroll originally tried to trade his own injured player Deion Branch (wrist) and a late round draft pick, but revamped his offer when Mike Tomlin wouldn’t return his calls.
Fans are hoping Tomlin will come around on Carroll’s latest proposition: Troy Polamalu in return for weekly laundering of Terrible Towels for the entire city of Pittsburgh and an unspecified amount of cash (thanks again Paul Allen) intended to revamp the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Chiefs acquired Matt Cassel in hopes that a great season making up for the loss of Tom Brady in New England was indicative of what he could do for their own lame duck franchise.
Obviously, when Todd Haley got the call from Carroll offering Super Bowl winner Matt Hasselbeck in exchange for the former Trojan up-and-comer, not only did he accept on the spot, he threw in their first-round draft pick, giving the Seahawks back-to-back picks in the top 10.
They’re expected to use the extra pick to lock down Oklahoma’s injury-ridden Jermaine Gresham right before they claim Sam Bradford.
Cincinnati Bengals Carson Palmer was one of Carroll’s first quarterbacks at USC and undoubtedly maintains a special place in Carroll’s heart because of it.
Unfortunately when Carroll sat down with Marvin Lewis to discuss all the possible options, neither could present a possibility the other was happy with.
Now it is believed that Carroll is courting former Seahawks and league miscreant Koren Robinson so he has someone a drama-laden franchise that Lewis’ would be interested in.
Apparently still not satisfied with his army of QBs, Carroll has also passed paperwork to the New York Jets' Rex Ryan. And no, not for Kellen Clemens who’s up for grabs: for the Jets' savior Mark Sanchez.
While details of the offer are undisclosed, it’s rumored that Carroll has agreed to pay off (eternally grateful, Paul Allen) coaches and coordinators throughout the 2010 season to throw any game that directly affects the Jets’ chances at a playoff berth.
Indianapolis Colts head coach Jim Caldwell would not comment.
Sanchez reportedly does not care as long as the 12th man brings hot dogs.
Even though he is not a protege of Carroll’s, he also offered former USC NFLer and media monster O.J. Simpson a contract. Pundits agree that this is a misguided move since Simpson’s stats have consistently declined since his injury in the 1977 season.
Carroll released a statement defending his choice as rational simply because Simpson (a Hall of Famer, Heisman Trophy winner, and first-round draft pick) as “one of USC’s top alumni.”
Details of the contract are unknown.