Seahawks decline option on Carpenter

As expected, the Seattle Seahawks have declined to exercise guard James Carpenter's fifth-year contract option for the 2015 season.

Carpenter, who played college football at Alabama, was the 25th overall pick of the 2011 draft. As a first-round pick, the Seahawks had the option of signing him through 2015, but it would have cost the team over $8 million for that season.

So Carpenter will play the 2014 season under his current contact, which pays him $2.4 million this year. The Seahawks could still re-sign him to a new deal, but Carpenter will become a free agent at the end of the year if that doesn’t happen.

That's the likely scenario. Carpenter has not lived up to expectations as a first-round pick. The Seahawks are high on 2013 rookie offensive linemen Michael Bowie and Alvin Bailey. They are also likely to draft an offensive lineman early in next week's NFL draft.