John Schneider, the general manager who helped build the Seahawks into one of the NFL's best franchises over the past decade, is sticking around well into the current one.
Schneider, who is in his 11th season as the general manager of the Seahawks, signed a contract extension that will keep him in Seattle through the 2027 draft.
"I am pleased to announce that we have extended the contract of general manager John Schneider through the 2027 draft," said Jody Allen, chair of the Seattle Seahawks. "For the last decade, John and head coach Pete Carroll have formed a tremendous partnership and the Seahawks have established a successful, unique, and truly winning culture respected throughout sports. I know we are all excited to see that continue."
Schneider's extension comes just a few months after Seahawks coach Pete Carroll signed an extension through the 2025 season, meaning the duo that has guided the Seahawks to the most successful era in franchise history is sticking together for at least the next five seasons.
Under Schneider and Carroll's leadership, the Seahawks have reached the postseason nine times in 11 seasons since they were hired in 2010, and in eight of the past nine seasons. The Seahawks have won five NFC West titles, including in 2020 when they went 12-4, and have reached two Super Bowls, winning the team's first title in Super Bowl XLVIII. By returning to the Super Bowl the following season, the Seahawks became the only team other than New England to play in consecutive Super Bowls this century. The Seahawks have also compiled nine straight winning seasons, the longest current streak in the NFL.
Schneider and his scouting department have acquired some of the best players in franchise history, and some of the most accomplished of the last decade, acquiring 24 players who have gone on to earn Pro-Bowl honors as Seahawks—11 draft picks, six trade acquisitions, six free-agent signings, and one undrafted rookie free agent. Of those players, 12 have also earned first or second-team All-Pro honors as Seahawks. And four of those players, along with Carroll were named to the 2010s All-Decade team selected by the NFL and the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Bobby Wagner, Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and Marshawn Lynch.
And over the past decade, the partnership Schneider and Carroll have formed, one that started in January of 2010 with the two of them practically living together at the VMAC for several months before their families joined them in Seattle, has been at the center of the sustained success the Seahawks have enjoyed that is so rare in today's NFL.
The goal of those first months together was, as Schneider explained last year, was to "get to know each other as well as we possibly could so that we can make this the best marriage, the best head coach and general manager marriage, in NFL history."
And 11 years in, Schneider and Carroll have indeed made their mark as one of the best GM/coach duos in the business.
"I think it is the key relationship in this whole 10 years," Carroll said last year. "When we first got together and we interviewed John and he took off, and we called him and told him to come back, we want to do something. From the time he got back here, we made a commitment that we were going to help each other be the best we can possibly be. I said, 'I'm going to try to make you the best general manager in professional sports and I'll do everything to support you and all that.' To initiate the relationship, that is so crucial in this setting in professional sports so that we could start with a really good premise. We would always know what we're doing. We're going to stay together. We're going to figure it out. We're going to work together. It's been a blast. John's been so much fun. John is so creative. He's a real competitor. He loves to go for it. As you've seen over the years, we've taken those kinds of shots and we've never backed off from that kind of thinking. The constant competitiveness about him has kept us in so many situations that just all of the sudden, they blossom into something good for us.
"It's really the harmony that we generate in the relationship. I think it was a great marriage. I'm hard to deal with and put up with. I love him for doing that and figuring that out and going along with all my craziness. I think that's crucial. I say that with the thought that I don't know that everybody feels that (the coach-general manager) relationship is so crucial and so important. You see teams all the time, they mix and match, and they get this guy from over here and this guy from over here. They don't have any common background. They don't have any reason that they're going to get along. You have to develop chemistry from that moment that you start. Not always does it come about. You don't always get there. I don't think that there's a more important challenge for a head coach and a guy in charge of personnel anywhere. It doesn't matter what sport it is because you have to make decisions together to do that right. You need everybody's input and everybody's expertise and all that. Then, you have to figure out how to win it when it isn't always seeing eye-to-eye. How are you going to figure it out? We've done a great job of that."
In addition to helping make the Seahawks a better team, Schneider, along with his wife Traci, have made a big difference in the community, particularly with the work they do to help families affected by autism. The Schneiders launched Ben's Fund, the nonprofit named after their oldest son, Ben, who was diagnosed with autism when he was 3, and since then they have raised more than $4.69 million to fund 2,856 grants given families affected by autism.
"Never did we think we would be able to raise as much money as we've raised and give away as much money as we have to families that are truly in need," Traci Schneider said in 2019 at the annual Prime Time celebrity waiter event that raises money for Ben's Fund. "… It's really special to see the impact that we're making and to read about it, and to see these kids grow and be everything they can be."
The Seahawks and John Schneider agreed to a contract extension through the 2027 draft earlier today. Take a look at photos of the Executive VP/General Manager from over the course of his 11 years with the Seahawks.