9:19pm: It’s a five-year extension for Schneider set to run through the 2021 season, FoxSports.com’s Jay Glazer reports (on Twitter).
8:59pm: The Seahawks and longtime GM John Schneider have reached an agreement on an extension that will make him one of the highest-paid GMs in the NFL, ESPN.com’s John Clayton reports.
The deal for the seventh-year Seattle GM, per Clayton, will approach $3.75MM per year, an amount which Baltimore’s Ozzie Newsome earns as the league’s best-compensated full-time GM. Schneider was set to be seeking a contract worth $4MM per season, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports.
Schneider’s contract was set to expire after the 2016 season. Pete Carroll‘s deal expires after 2016 as well. However, this Schneider pact is expected to soon lead to a Carroll extension, Clayton reports.
This would avoid one of the league’s top head coaches going into a season in what would normally be categorized as lame-duck status. This, of course, would not describe the 64-year-old Carroll or the 45-year-old Schneider since they’ve collectively guided the 41-year-old franchise to its best-ever status within the NFL and have the Seahawks standing as one of the league’s premier organizations.
The team has qualified for the playoffs in five of the pair’s six years together, including each of the past four. Assembling a mostly homegrown group of talent during this decade, Seattle’s gone to two Super Bowls, winning one and coming closer than perhaps any big-game loser has to claiming another title a year later.
Schneider, who previously spent the 2000 season as the Seahawks’ director of player personnel before venturing elsewhere, has helped steer the Seahawks to four NFC West titles in his time in Washington. Under his regime, the Seahawks have been one of the league’s best at drafting talent and possibly the best reaching extensions with cornerstone players — including Russell Wilson, Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman and Bobby Wagner.
They received the most productive years of Marshawn Lynch‘s career after trading for the then-maligned running back and recently hammered out an extension with former UDFA Doug Baldwin, the latest member of Seattle’s deep core now locked up long-term.
Schneider came to Seattle after spending most of the 2000s as a Packers executive, serving as Green Bay’s director of football operations in 2008-09.
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