The Seattle Seahawks announced Friday that they have declined to pick up OL James Carpenter’s fifth-year option.
Previous reports mentioned that the Seahawks were leaning against picking up Carpenter’s option, so this doesn’t come as much of a surprise.
Seattle would have had to pay him $7.438 million for the 2015 season, but this figure is guaranteed for injury only. Carpenter now enters the final year of his contract and most likely a make-or-break season with Seattle.
Carpenter, 25, was a surprise first-round pick in 2011 out of Alabama. He battled injuries throughout his first two seasons in the league, before starting 12 games last season.
Pro Football Focus graded Carpenter as the No. 65 guard out of 81 eligible players at the position.