The Seahawks’ chances of winning the Super Bowl came to an end when Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler got in front of Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette to intercept Russell Wilson’s pass at the goal line.
That may stand as Lockette’s final play with the team. Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times reports that the Seahawks have elected not to tender Lockette a contract as a restricted free agent, which means he’ll be free to sign anywhere he wants on Tuesday afternoon.
Lockette had three catches for 59 yards in the Super Bowl before the fateful moment in the fourth quarter and added three others in the playoffs after catching 11 passes for 195 yards and two touchdowns during the regular season.
Condotta reports that the Seahawks will also pass on tendering wide receiver Bryan Walters and offensive lineman Steve Schilling. All could return, but the Seahawks’ decision means they don’t consider their return to be a top priority of the offseason.
UPDATE 8:32 p.m. ET: Condotta has issued a correction to his earlier report as the Seahawks said Lockette was tendered as an exclusive rights free agent. Defensive back DeShawn Shead received the same tender.