Seahawks general manager John Schneider joined Seattle Sports 710 AM for his weekly appearance on the Wyman and Bob show, and he opened up the show by breaking a bit of news, which is that the Seahawks are bringing back quarterback Drew Lock, with the two sides agreeing to a deal Thursday.
Lock, who came to Seattle as part of the trade that sent Russell Wilson to Seattle, spent last season backing up Geno Smith, and while he didn't play in the regular season, he made a strong impression on teammates and coaches during his first season with the Seahawks.
"Drew Lock, man, let's go," Schneider said to start off the show. "He's coming back… What an awesome guy. Everything he's been through—last year we talked about it a bunch. Coming here, competing with Geno, getting COVID, really bad timing for him. Game 2 was going to be his game against Chicago, then he got really sick, then he still didn't have his legs against Dallas. So I'm just really excited. Really happy for him.
"He was great. Both of those guys were awesome with pushing each other, and the support that they showed."
Schneider also confirmed that the Seahawks agreed to a deal with offensive lineman Evan Brown, who has played both center and guard for the Lions over the past two seasons, starting 24 games. While Brown's versatility is a plus, Schneider said they see him as a center first and foremost, giving the Seahawks a potential replacement for 2022 starter Austin Blythe, who recently announced his retirement. Schneider said Brown is a player who has been on the radar of Seattle's personnel department for a while.
"He was a guy that really stood out that Willie (Schneider) and D.J. (Hord) and Armani (Perez) and Nolan (Teasley) and those guys were really focused on," Schneider said. "This is a guy who was playing guard, but ideally he's a center. He started 47 of 48 games at SMU at center. He started two years at Detroit, he was a center, then they had to move him to guard. He can play both, but he's really truly a center."
Discussing defensive end Dre'Mont Jones, who signed on Thursday, Schneider noted that "We knew we really wanted to address our defensive line," and said the Seahawks are still talking to other players even after adding Jones and Jarran Reed.
Schneider also said that Jones was a player the Seahawks inquired about when trading Russell Wilson to Denver last year, but the Broncos weren't willing to include him in the deal.
"We talked about a bunch of guys, and he was one of them," he said. "They were not willing to part with him."
On bringing back Reed, who was released in a salary-cap related move two years ago, Schneider said. "Having drafted somebody like that, you're always loving the guy up. We didn't want him to go. We had to make a business decision, he had to respond. He decided to go to Kansas City, that's his prerogative. He went to KC, then he was in Green Bay, he started 14 games this past year, played great. It's one of those deals where you have that relationship—he knows (head chef) Stu (McNabb) in the cafeteria really well, he knows EK (director of equipment Erik Kennedy), (VP of player engagement) Mo (Kelly), (chief communications officer) Dave Pearson, he knows everybody. So our culture really attracted him. Could he have gone somewhere else for more money? Absolutely. Did he want to come back here and be part of a special thing we're building right now to help us get over the top? Yeah."
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