Seahawks GM John Schneider took no issue with Russell Wilson’s deadline
Apr 19, 2019, 11:02 AM | Updated: 11:40 am
Seahawks general manager John Schneider joined Danny, Dave and Moore on 710 ESPN Seattle ahead of a Thursday charity event to answer a few quick questions about the Seahawks’ offseason.
Schneider – along with his wife, Traci, and son, Jack – hosted the eighth annual Prime Time celebrity waiter event to raise money for Ben’s Fund, an organization that provides grant opportunities for Washington state families with children who have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (you can find more information on Ben’s Fund here).
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You can listen to Schneider’s full interview in the audio clip embedded above. Here are a few excerpts:
• Be honest: how much sleep did you get leading up to Wilson’s record-breaking contract extension? “Not a lot. Not a lot, because you’re constantly thinking about it. Saturday — Mark Rodgers, Russell’s representative, came in on Friday — and we’re in the middle of draft prep, so all the scouts are in town and we’re all holed up talking together in the room and reviewing things and studying. So I was in and out of that, draft to (negotiations) and back and forth. They had a deadline, which we thought ended up being a great idea, giving us clarity on both sides. And it ended up working out great. But you’re constantly thinking about it. I would literally wake up and be thinking about what’s next.”
• Is there anything bothersome about a player giving a general manager or front office a deadline? “You could take that way, sure, I could understand that. But from the other side of the fence, you could look at it like our last negotiations. We went through went all the way up to the beginning of training camp, and it really didn’t need to. So to have their deadline earlier – the last deadline that his agent wanted was at training camp and lasted too long – and so this was a great idea.”