By Brady Henderson
Seahawks general manager John Schneider has played a leading role in assembling one of the NFL’s most talented rosters, so it was only a matter of time before the team extended his contract.
According to Mike Sando of ESPN.com, that happened “more than a year” ago when Seattle gave Schneider a new deal that runs through 2016, a move the team did not announce. Schneider’s original deal was for three years, according to Sando, meaning it would have expired after last season.
Since arriving in Seattle before the 2010 season as a first-time general manager, Schneider, 43, has shown a knack for acquiring talent anywhere he can find it.
He’s drafted five players who have achieved either Pro Bowl or All-Pro honors – finding Earl Thomas, Russell Okung, Kam Chancellor, Richard Sherman and Russell Wilson anywhere from the first to the fifth round.
He’s swung trades for Marshawn Lynch and Chris Clemons, deals that became overwhelmingly one-sided because of those players’ contributions and what little Seattle gave up to acquire to them.
He’s signed big-ticket free agents like Sidney Rice, Zach Miller, Cliff Avril and Antoine Winfield – players who had other suitors but chose to come to Seattle because of the appealing destination it has become.
He’s also found starters on the proverbial scrap heap, whether it was Michael Robinson after he was released by San Francisco, Brandon Browner following his run in the Canadian Football League or Paul McQuistan, who had appeared in just four games over his previous three seasons.
While coach Pete Carroll has considerable power in personnel matters and deserves a share of the credit for many of those acquisitions, Schneider was the driving force behind the decision to draft Wilson, who was good enough as a rookie last season to generate conversation about his potential ascension into the upper echelon of NFL quarterbacks.
Bob Stelton and Dave Grosby share additional thoughts on Schneider’s “new” deal in the video below.
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