The Seattle Seahawks announced today that the team has extended the contract of Vice President of Football Administration John Idzik. In his fourth year with the team, the Seahawks signed Idzik to a two-year extension, which seems to bode well for next year, with questions on whether or not football will be played in 2011.
Here's the release.
Renton, Wash. – The Seattle Seahawks have given Vice President of Football Administration John Idzik a two-year contract extension, the team announced this afternoon.
“We are excited that John Idzik will remain as the team’s lead negotiator,” said General Manager John Schneider. “Although we come from different football backgrounds, I believe we have really connected and I have found him to be a very talented, well-respected and fair negotiator who always places the team’s interest first. There is no doubt in my mind he will play an important role in helping bring a championship to the Northwest.”
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Idzik is in his fourth season with the Seahawks after joining the club on February 16, 2007.
With Seattle, he oversees player negotiations, the team’s compliance with the NFL salary cap and player personnel transactions, all football operations budgets, staff and team contracts, team travel and most aspects of the day-to-day football operations while also remaining active in player evaluations.
Prior to joining the Seahawks, Idzik spent three seasons as Senior Director of Football Operations for the Arizona Cardinals. He entered the NFL in 1993 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and spent 11 years with the Buccaneers, first as a pro personnel assistant and thenwas elevated to director of football administration in 1996 and assistant general manager in2001.
Idzik spent the 1991-92 seasons as a graduate assistant at Duke University, where he coached the offensive line. In 1990, he was the offensive backfield coach for the Aberdeen Oilers (Scotland)of the British American Football League. Idzik’s first coaching assignment came in 1982 as receivers coach at the State University of New York at Buffalo.
A native of Detroit, Idzik graduated with magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors from Dartmouth College in 1982 earning a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, where he also played wide receiver for the Ivy League Champion Big Green. He later earned a master’s degree inliberal studies from Duke University in 1992. Idzik and his wife, Carol, have two sons, Bryant and Bradley, and a daughter, Holly.