Seahawks’ GM job goes to Packers’ Schneider

The Seahawks’ long search for a new general manager concluded Tuesday with Packers executive John Schneider being offered the job, which he has accepted, according to a league source.

Schneider was with the Seahawks in 2000 and is considered one of the rising younger executives in the NFL. Floyd Reese (Patriots), Omar Khan (Steelers) and Marc Ross (Giants) were the others to interview for the position.

Reese was the only one of the group to have prior GM experience, and he was the top choice of new head coach/VP Pete Carroll, who was a part of the interviewing process. Carroll and Reese worked together previously in Carroll’s NFL career and had strong ties. However, sources said Schneider was supported heavily by Seahawks VP/Legal Council Lance Lopes, who spearheaded the drive to hire Carroll from USC.

Reese was most definitely one of the two finalists, and, like Schneider, was one of just two candidates to meet with Seahawks owner Paul Allen. However, the dynamics began to change over the weekend when team officials began contacting candidates about possible changes to the Seahawks’ structure, according to sources. The four candidates came in with suggestions of names for how they would staff the front office, but over the weekend, they were asked about their comfort with a revised structure in which the new GM likely would carry a VP of personnel title and in which current VP/football administration John Idzik would remain in his current role as the team’s primary negotiator and salary-cap expert.

That didn’t jibe with the original structure of the job, and, for a franchise whose many decision-makers had struggled recently, gave pause to some candidates. Ultimately, Carroll, Schneider and Idzik could end up all carrying varied VP titles, leading to questions about how ties/disagreements are settled. During the weekend, several candidates believed Reese was the front-runner, and his status as one of two finalists was never in doubt, according to numerous sources with knowledge of the process.

UPDATE: Schneider is on his way to team headquarters to finalize a deal, according to a league source. Much of the rest of the Seahawks’ front office is expected to remain intact, though there could be moves made in personnel and scouting.

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