Seahawks fans can stop worrying. And executives with other teams can stop coveting the G.M. job in Seattle.
John Clayton of ESPN.com reports that the Seahawks have reached an agreement on a new contract with G.M. John Schneider. The deal will make him one of the highest-paid General Managers in football.
Per the report, the contract is “expected to approach” the $3.75 million earned by Baltimore’s Ozzie Newsome, which is believed to be the maximum salary for any NFL General Manager. (This overlooks the coaches with de facto personnel power, like Bill Belichick of the Patriots, whose salary is a mystery wrapped in a riddle wrapped in a series of non-responsive grunts.)
Schneider previously was believed to be targeting $4 million per year as he entered the final year of his contract. The compromise gives him security for some period of time beyond 2016. Clayton’s report, however, doesn’t mention the length of the extension.
The next step, per Clayton, is expected to be an extension for coach Pete Carroll, who also is under contract through 2016.
UPDATE 11:40 p.m. ET: It’s official, according to the guy who’ll be writing the checks.