The Seahawks have taken the first of a likely two-step to keep the most successful regime in team history intact.
Team owner Paul Allen announced through his Twitter account Sunday night the Seahawks -- meaning he -- gave general manager John Schenider a new contract.
Schneider, 45, has collaborated with coach Pete Carroll since 2010. Their run has included Seattle’s first Super Bowl championship following the 2013 season, another Super Bowl appearance following the ‘14 season and playoff games in five of their six years in charge of the franchise.
With this new contract, Schneider is believed to be among the league’s highest-paid GMs. That means likely around $4 million per year in salary for the former assistant GM and personnel man with the Green Bay Packers. Schneider’s former deal with the Seahawks, which he signed in 2013, was set to expire after the 2016 season.
That’s also when Carroll’s contract is scheduled to end. The coach’s deal he signed in April 2014 is believed to be worth about $9 million per year.
Here’s where Allen’s and the franchise’s riches and the fact GM’s and head coach’s salaries have nothing to do with the Seahawks’ league-limited salary for players work to Seattle’s advantage -- and specifically to leadership stability.
It makes zero sense for Allen to extend Schneider but not Carroll, especially with an NFL team now back in Los Angeles. That’s where the 64-year-old Carroll built a college dynasty and philanthropic base while at USC before coming to Seattle.
So expect the Seahawks to announce soon, perhaps around the start of training camp Saturday or during the upcoming preseason next month, an extension for Carroll to keep him from reaching the final season on his deal -- and to keep the synchronization with Schneider intact for years to come.