The Seahawks have made plenty of great draft picks under G.M. John Schneider. Guard James Carpenter wasn’t one of them.
The team has announced that the fifth-year option on Carpenter’s 2011 rookie contract won’t be exercised.
The 25th overall pick four years ago, Carpenter started 10 games in the 2013 regular season. He also started Super Bowl XLVIII.
Carpenter remains under contract for 2014. He’ll be eligible for free agency next season, and it’s possible the Seahawks will keep him around.
For now, the team simply has decided that it would be too expensive to keep him around in 2015 under the fifth-year option salary of more than $7 million.