The Seattle Seahawks have extended the contract of general manager John Schneider, the team announced Sunday.
Owner Paul Allen broke the news with a tweet: “@seahawks extend top GM John Schneider, key architect of our roster....Congrats!”
Schneider’s contract was set to expire after the 2016 season. NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo reported that the extension will keep Schneider with the Seahawks through the 2021 season.
ESPN’s John Clayton reported that the contract will make Schnieder, 45, among the NFL’s highest-paid general managers.
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Seahawks coach Pete Carroll’s contract expires after the 2016 season, and multiple reports Sunday indicated that the team will now focus on an extension for Carroll.
Schneider was named GM in January 2010, one week after the Seahawks hired Carroll. Schneider added the title of executive vice president in 2013.
In six seasons under Schneider and Carroll, the Seahawks have made the playoffs five times, winning three NFC West titles and appearing in two Super Bowls. The team won Super Bowl XLVIII after the 2013 season for the franchise’s only league championship.
Schneider and Carroll have shown a knack for finding players in the draft, giving Seattle one of the league’s most talented and deepest rosters. They have drafted seven players who have made the Pro Bowl as Seahawks: tackle Russell Okung, safeties Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor, cornerback Richard Sherman, linebacker Bobby Wagner, quarterback Russell Wilson and kick returner Tyler Lockett.
The Seahawks will begin training camp Friday when players report to the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton.