INDIANAPOLIS – There still isn’t any definitive word on whether All-Pro left tackle Walter Jones will return for a 14th season with the Seahawks, but coach Pete Carroll said Saturday that Jones is thinking about retirement.
“We’re still waiting on a final word on that,” Carroll said during a break at the NFL scouting combine. “I would be wrong to say that I know right now. I know he’s thinking about doing the retirement thing and all that.”
Asked if there was a timeline for the decision, Carroll said, “Not in particular, but I think we might see him next week sometime. He’ll be around the area.”
Jones has continued to rehab his left knee, which needed microfracture surgery in 2008 and prevented him from playing last season.
Carroll said he’s open to Jones returning, adding, “It’s up to him now. It depends on how he’s feeling and what the doctors are telling him. He’s been working at it for a long time.
“If he was going to come back and his mind is ready to do it, I’d be excited about that.”
General manager John Schneider reiterated that there is no pressure on Jones or the team for a decision.
“He’s done enough and he’s a talented enough man that you would wait for him if that’s what he decided he wanted to do,” Schneider said. “Not having the (salary) cap this year, we’d be able to do that.”