Seahawks coach Carroll on his decision to keep defensive end Luke Kuechly on the team
The Seahawks have no intention of trading their longtime defensive end, Luke Kuesl, and are not considering moving him, coach Pete Carroll said Tuesday.
Kuechels departure has come as a surprise to Carroll, who had previously said he would be willing to part with a player for a draft pick.
Carroll did not say how much he will be paid for the 31-year-old Kuechena, but he said he is expected to earn $2 million annually.
Carroll added he would consider trading Kuechesa if it came with a higher pick.
“We’re just not going to be trading a guy that has been a stalwart in our defense and one of the best defensive linemen in the league,” Carroll said during an interview with NFL Network.
“I’m just not ready to make that kind of decision.
We’ll talk about that at the appropriate time.”
Kuechles departure has left Carroll open to the possibility of moving other players, such as defensive end Bruce Irvin, a key part of the team’s defense.
But he has made no final decision, and he could decide to keep Kuechy as a team player, rather than trade him.
He has a player option on the contract that would make him an unrestricted free agent next summer.
Carroll was asked if he was willing to keep Irvin on the roster, and his answer was no.
Carroll also said he was not going back on his original plan of keeping Kuechnas contract, which would have brought a hefty salary cap hit.
Carroll said he thought Irvin’s contract was fair, but that he would like to see it renegotiated.