The Seahawks have awarded a multiyear contract extension to head coach Pete Carroll, all but ensuring he will coach nowhere else and finish his decorated career in Seattle.
The deal is believed to make Carroll among the highest-paid coaches in the NFL, sources told ESPN.
The Seahawks did not officially announce the extension but Carroll spoke about it after Seattle's 44-34 loss to Buffalo on Sunday. Carroll said the extension has been in the works for a long time.
"For a gesture like this from Jody Allen and the organization and all, and then, at a time when everybody's suffering and struggling and all that," Carroll said. "It was something that has been in the works for a long time. I'm talking about way before all the issues that have happened and so it finally came together. Just didn't feel like it needed to be talked about unless we had to."
Although no one in the Seahawks' organization has confirmed the extension, one source told ESPN that the belief is the deal will tie Carroll to Seattle through the 2025 season, when he will be 74 years old.
Carroll, who turned 69 in September, is the NFL's oldest head coach, but few can match his energy and positivity. The Seahawks are right in the thick of the NFC West title hunt again this season, finishing Sunday with a 6-2 record, and quarterback Russell Wilson playing at an MVP level.
Now in his 11th season with the Seahawks, Carroll is the winningest head coach in franchise history with a record of 106-61-1. Carroll has led Seattle to eight playoff appearances, four NFC West titles, two Super Bowl appearances and one Super Bowl victory.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.