John Schneider (American football executive)

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John Schneider
John Schneider 2014.jpg
John Schneider in 2014.
Current position
Title General Manager
Team Seattle Seahawks
Personal information
Date of birth 1971
Place of birth Wisconsin
Career information
College University of St. Thomas
Career highlights
Awards See Below
Team(s) as a coach/administrator
1993–1996 Green Bay Packers
1997–1999 Kansas City Chiefs
(Director of Pro Personnel)
2000 Seattle Seahawks
(Director of player personnel)
2001 Washington Redskins
(VP of Player Personnel)
2002–2007 Green Bay Packers
(Personnel Analyst to the GM)
2008–2009 Green Bay Packers
(Director of Football Operations)
2010–present Seattle Seahawks
(General Manager)

John Schneider (born 1971) is a professional American football executive, currently serving as the general manager for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL).[1] Schneider was previously a front office executive for the Washington Redskins, Green Bay Packers, and the Seattle Seahawks in 2000. Schneider served as the Director of Football Operations for the Green Bay Packers from 2008 to 2009. He helped architect the roster that eventually went on to win Super Bowl XLVIII and appear in Super Bowl XLIX.

Early years[edit]

Schneider grew up in Wisconsin and attended high school where he played football. He studied history and secondary education at University of St. Thomas and was on the football team his Freshman year until injuries caused him to retire. During his Junior year he wrote a letter to Ron Wolf asking if he could work as a scout. His internship that summer was the beginning of his relationship with the Green Bay Packers.[2]

Professional executive career[edit]

Green Bay Packers[edit]

He started working in the Scouting Department for the Green Bay Packers in 1993.

Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

He was the Director of Pro Personnel for the Chiefs from 1997 - 2000.

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

He worked for the Seahawks in 2000 under Ted Thompson.

Washington Redskins[edit]

In 2001, Schneider became the Vice President of Player Personnel.

Green Bay Packers[edit]

Schneider went back to the Green Bay Packers as the top personnel aide to the Packers' GM. He then elevated to Director of Football Operations.

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

In January 2010, the Seahawks announced the hiring of Pete Carroll as head coach, and hired Schneider one week later. Despite his title of general manager, Schneider serves mainly in an advisory role to Carroll, who is also executive vice president of football operations and has the final say in all football matters. In fact, Schneider was actually hired by Carroll.

Since arriving, Schneider and Carroll have orchestrated a complete overhaul of Seattle's roster. In 2010, Schneider completed 284 roster transactions.[3] On February 2, 2014, the Seahawks won Super Bowl XLVIII, their first championship in their existence. Of those on the championship roster, only Max Unger, Red Bryant, Jon Ryan and Brandon Mebane were Seahawks prior to Schneider's arrival in Seattle. Examples follow:[4]

High draft picks[edit]

Position Name Round Overall Pick Year
LT Russell Okung First Round (No. 6 overall) 2010
S Earl Thomas First Round (No. 14 overall) 2010
WR Golden Tate Second Round (No. 60 overall) 2010
LB Bobby Wagner Second Round (No. 47 overall) 2012
QB Russell Wilson Third Round (No. 75 overall) 2012

Low draft picks[edit]

Position Name Round Overall Pick Year
CB Richard Sherman Fifth Round (No. 154 overall) 2011
S Kam Chancellor Fifth Round (No. 133 overall) 2010
LB K. J. Wright Fourth Round (No. 99 overall) 2011
RG J.R. Sweezy Seventh Round (No. 225 overall) 2012

Minor free agent signings[edit]

Position Name Signed From Year
CB Brandon Browner Signed after playing in Canada 2011
RT Breno Giacomini Signed off Packers' Practice Squad 2010
FB Michael Robinson Signed after being released by the 49ers 2010
RG Paul McQuistan Signed three months after being waived by the Cleveland Browns 2011

Major free agent signings[edit]

Position Name Contract Details Year
WR Sidney Rice Signed a five-year, $41 million contract 2011
TE Zach Miller Signed a five-year, $34 million contract 2011
DE Cliff Avril Signed a two-year, $13 million contract 2013
DT Michael Bennett Signed a one-year, $5 million contract 2013


Position Name Trade Details Year
RB Marshawn Lynch Traded from Bills for a fourth-round pick in 2011 and a fifth-round pick in 2012 2010
DE Chris Clemons Traded from Eagles with a 4th round pick for Darryl Tapp 2010
WR Percy Harvin Traded from Vikings for a first and seventh-round pick in 2013 and a third-round pick in 2014 2013
TE Jimmy Graham Traded from Saints for a first round pick and Max Unger 2015

Awards and honors[edit]

Schneider came in 3rd in the award voting for the 2012 NFL Executive of the year.[5]

Personal life[edit]

John Schneider has a wife, Traci, and two sons, Ben and Jack. Ben was diagnosed with autism, and the Schneider family has created the Ben's Fund[6] foundation to help families suffering from the disorder.


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