Pete Carroll names the Seahawks players he wants back next season


The Seattle Seahawks offseason officially started on Saturday night after the 30-20 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in the Wild-Card Round.

As much as fans wants a do-over with the same squad they saw all year long, that is most likely not going to be the case.

Monday’s presser with head coach Pete Carroll was the last one of the year and it is always risky to see what coaches will say about pending free agents for this offseason.

When asked about some of the team’s 24 pending unrestricted free agents, Carroll said he is hoping that nearly all of them will return to the roster in 2021. 

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Carroll did say that, out of all the names, Philip Dorsett will most certainly be back on the team next season. 

Dorsett missed most of the season with a foot injury after signing a one-year, veteran-minimum deal last spring as a free agent.

“I talked to Phillip yesterday,” Carroll said. “We’re just like throwing this season out. It didn’t work out for him, and bring him back and let’s start all over again with all the same high hopes.”

The Seahawks are listed with about $17 million in cap space for the 2021 season, per

Here is what Carroll had to say about some of the other notable free agents in his last Zoom call of the season.


K.J. Wright

Wright just finished up his 10th NFL season, all while making a move over to strong side linebacker while Jordyn Brooks took over at WILL.

He had a terrific season. Maybe his best season. So I’m hoping he’s coming back and playing for us.

Pete Carroll on wanting K.J. Wright back

Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde

Carson and Hyde were the top two running backs this season, and both will now be free agents. 

Carroll indicated that Carson is “a huge priority, and we’ve love to have him back.”

On Hyde: "He’s one of our guys… We’re trying to get hm back.”

Benson Mayowa and Carlos Dunlap

Mayowa will be a free agent, while Dunlap still has one season left on his contract. Moyowa finished with six sacks, while Dunlap had five.

“We’d like Benson to come back with us, and be part of it,” Carroll said. “Counting on Carlos to be part of it.”

Shaquill Griffin and Quinton Dunbar

The duo will be free agents heading into this offseason. Griffin might see what is out there, while Dunbar is coming back from knee surgery.

“So we’re talking to him like we’d like him to come back,” Carroll said of Dunbar.

Mike Lupati and Ethan Pocic

Mike Lupati might not be coming back because of his recent neck injury and his age (33), but Carroll did indicate that he does want to see Pocic back on the team.

“Pocic had his first chance starting at center,” Carroll said, “And he’ll get better.”

Greg Olsen

Olsen will be a free agent and will also be turning 35. He might retire and move on to the FOX Broadcast booth, but Carroll said he “got to talk to Greg again and see what he’s doing.”


Moves won’t necessarily be made until the season has officially wrapped, but don’t expect everyone to be on the Seahawks team come next season.

Carroll would love to have all the guys he has mentioned above be back on the team, but with the cap space the Seahawks are dealing with, it most certainly won’t be the reality of this situation.