Like several teams that have yet to pick up the 2015 option on an eligible 2011 first-round pick, the Seahawks have yet to decide what to do with offensive lineman James Carpenter.
Per a league source, the Seahawks currently are leaning against it.
Carpenter, who made 18 appearances and 12 starts last season (including the Super Bowl), had been limited during his first two years by injuries. With a price tag north of $7 million for 2015, the Seahawks likely will shy away from that kind of investment for one more year with Carpenter under contract.
It means that Carpenter will enter his contract year in 2014. If he has a big year, the Seahawks could have a hard time signing him to an affordable long-term deal. Even so, they’d likely be able to get him for less than the $7 million they’d have to pay if they were to pick up the option.