Wednesday Round-Up: GM John Schneider "pleased with the way" Seahawks offseason has unfolded

Posted Apr 2, 2014

A morning link round-up of what's "out there" about your Seattle Seahawks

Good morning, 12s.

Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Wednesday, April 2  - about your Seattle Seahawks:

Seahawks general manager John Schneider and his wife Tracy joined 710 ESPN Seattle's "Brock and Danny" on Tuesday morning to help raise awareness for autistic children and their families. John and Tracy's son Ben lives with autism and a fund has been set up in his name to provide financial assistance and services for autism spectrum disorder treatment. Since 2012, the Schneider's Primetime celebrity waiter event has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the cause.

"John and I have been talking about doing something like this ever since Ben was diagnosed," Tracy said. "We felt first hand and saw what that does to a family and how that impacts your life and how expensive it is. So as parents we've always wanted to circle back and do something for those families."

Also during the couple's conversation on 710, John shared his feelings on how the Seahawks' offseason has unfolded thus far.

"What I would say is that we're pleased with the way things are going," Schneider told told Danny O'Neil and Dave Wyman, who was sitting in for Brock Huard. "The way they've gone is part of the model that we've created over the last, I would say, year and a half. So we expected some attrition along the way. It's always very hard to make those decisions and move forward, but we're very excited about the young players that we have on this team."

With NFL clubs shifting their focus from free agency to May's NFL Draft, Jason La Canfora of tells us about a few free agents whose status teams will continue to monitor as the offseason rolls along. Free-agent tight end Jermichael Finley, who is coming off a neck injury and who visited Seattle early in free agency, makes La Canfora's list, "He fits that offense, can give the Seahawks some dynamism at a position where they have lacked it and Seahawks GM John Schneider knows all about Finley from his time in the Green Bay organization."'s Gregg Rosenthal has a look at more big-name NFL veterans who are still looking for a job and former Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice, who the club released at the end of February, is mentioned with fellow wideouts Santonio Holmes and Miles Austin.

Rob Rang of has his latest mock draft and sees Florida State wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin landing with the Seahawks. On Benjamin, Rang writes, "Though free agency has tapped some of their depth, the Seahawks still boast the league's most talented roster which will once again put Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider in the enviable position of selecting the best player available. The Seahawks look for unique traits and could see the 6-5, 240-pound Benjamin's height, gliding speed and strong hands as an ideal replacement for the injury-prone Sidney Rice."'s Daniel Jeremiah has updated his Top 50 draft prospects with the majority of college pro days now in the books.

Terry Blount grades out the Seahawks in free agency and offers a look at what's next in this short video for

David Krueger of the Everett Herald recounts the Seahawks and Sounders FC's time spent with the Darrington, Wash. community affected by the March 22 mudslide on state route 530.

Here at, we call attention to an April Fool's Day prank pulled on the Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers.

Digital Media Writer Clare Farnsworth recaps the Seahawks and Sounders FC's Monday visit to Darrington and I highlight the best social media reaction to come from the two teams' time near the site of the mudslide that has affected so many.

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