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James Carpenter and the Option Play

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Short and sweet, now that the class of 2011's 5th year contract option deadline is 2 weeks away, what are the chances the Seahawks pick up the 5th year option on James Carpenter, their 2011 first round draft pick?

From what I can figure the option, by the CBA, would cost them 6.969 million dollars american.

From what I think I know, the Seahawks are still free to negotiate a "long" term extension at a lower rate, likely in the 2-3 million range, if not a little lower. Personally I would lean lower and load incentives into the deal, like playing time.

Also, is it possible the Seahawks might trade Carpenter for a couple of draft picks? He's still young enough he might make a resurgence in a differant system. That being said, I don't see us getting more than a sixth or seventh for him, and any team that traded for him would have to negotiate an extension themselves. This might be the best scenario for the Seahawks, IF we can find a partner.

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