Well that major coup of Zach Miller just got a hell of a lot more important with this bad news breaking, 12th men and women alike won’t like this.
Incumbent starting TE John Carlson has been lost to season ending surgery and his career in Seattle may well be over as well.
His four year rookie contract expires at the end of the season and the team recently signed Pro Bowl TE Zach Miller away from the Oakland Raiders; demoting Carlson to the No. 2 spot on the depth chart.
It’s unclear whether or not he would be assured a starting role elsewhere after missing a full season to surgery. He set a tight end franchise record 55 receptions in his rookie campaign and that fell to 51 (third best in franchise history), and trailed off to 31 over the next two seasons.
I will stand up for him, most who follow the Seahawks know he was frequently called upon to stay in and help aid a
still porous blocking unit instead of doing much receiving.
Seattle is planning on using power running formations frequently featuring two TE sets, they really like Cameron Morrah and Anthony McCoy so it remains to be seen if they will pursue another option.
In the grand scheme of things, I see this as a hit not only to the pass offense, but the blocking overall. Carlson was still going to have his number called on a regular basis to stay in and block, especially as the No. 2 option. Without that prominent presence at No. 2 that you could rely on every down, I see them certainly trying to add additional blocking in the form of another TE or FB. Seattle native Mike Karney was also in town today (being overshadowed by Andre Gurode), and it wouldn’t surprise me especially with this injury if his signing was announced by tomorrow morning, ditto for Gurode.