Lofa Tatupu asks for his release, and he’ll get it
Former USC coach Pete Carroll hasn’t exactly been rounding up former Trojans after returning to the NFL. If anything, he’s alienating them.
It started last year, when safety Taylor Mays sounded off on Carroll, claiming that he had indicated that Mays would be picked by the Seahawks with their second selection in round one. The Seahawks instead took Texas safety Earl Thomas.
Since then, Carroll has had two chances to sign Heisman winner Matt Leinart, and a shot at trading for
Heisman winner Reggie Bush. In both cases, Carroll passed.
Likewise, Carroll had (and still has) a clear shot at former Trojans receiver Steve Smith (the one who played through 2010 for the Giants), but Carroll opted instead for a guy who went to the other USC.
Most recently, former Trojan linebacker Lofa Tatupu, who preceded Carroll to Seattle, wants out.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Tatupu requested his release after the team asked him to take a pay cut. Per Schefter, the Seahawks plan to comply.
A three-time Pro Bowler to start his career, Tatupu has fallen off in the second three seasons of his six-year career.
UPDATE: We forgot about Mike Williams, a former Trojan and one-time first-round bust. He resurrected his career with Carroll last year. So that’s one.