BY SPNW Staff 08:19PM 07/24/2016

Seahawks give GM Schneider an extension

Seahawks GM John Schneider has signed a contract extension, reportedly for five years. That’s a good sign for the next news: An extension for coach Pete Carroll.

John Schneider and Pete Carroll: The new Bing Crosby and Bob Hope. / Drew McKenzie, Sportspress Northwest

One down, one to go.

John Schneider has been given a contract extension by the Seahawks. A tweet by owner Paul Allen Sunday afternoon confirmed the news, first reported by ESPN.

That leaves coach Pete Carroll as the one unresolved contract among the Seahawks, although Carroll is under contract through the 2016 season, as was Schneider. The two have been a very productive tandem since they came to Seattle in January 2010. There’s been no indication that an extension for Carroll is being put off.

No contract length or size was confirmed, although it’s expected that Schneider will be at or near the top, which is the $3.75 million of Baltimore’s Ozzie Newsome. Fox Sports Jay Glazer said the deal was for five years.

Schneider, 45, is a Wisconsin native and was working in the Packers front office when he was selected by Carroll from a list of four candidates Allen’s executive team selected after previous GM Tim Ruskell was fired.

There were reports that Schneider was seeking an out in his deal if the Packers’ top job came open, but that has not been confirmed.

Together Schneider and Carroll drafted collegians and signed veteran free agents at a furious pace through two seasons until the group in 2012 came together to make the playoffs. Then the next year came the Seahawks’ first Super Bowl triumph.


  • jafabian

    Great news to hear. He and Pete Carroll have established something special here. Got a bit off track last season but it looks to me as though they’ve righted the ship. Like a lot of Seahawks fans I’ve always had concerns that Schneider would jump ship to the Packers in a moment’s notice but I’m thinking that at the very least that won’t be an easy thing for him to do. Why be a part of a legacy when you can form your own here?