Ok, the “breaking” part of the headline is a lie. He signed the extension a year ago. He and the team just didn’t bother to tell anyone, so we’re just finding out now.
Credit for digging this up goes to ESPN’s Mike Sando. If it wasn’t for his blog post this morning, we might have never known about this new contract.
Schneider is now signed though 2016, which is great for the Seahawks and all of us Seahawks fans. His work building this roster has been incredible. This extension was well deserved.
This does set up an interesting scenario for the Seahawks though. Pete Carroll was originally given a 5 year deal, and Schneider was given just a 3 year contract. Carroll is Schneider’s boss, so it made sense that Schneider would have a shorter contract in case he didn’t work out.
Now, Schenider has the longer contract. This sets up a scenario where he might outlast Carroll with the organization.
Carroll isn’t exactly as young as he seems. If he isn’t signed to his own extension soon, we’re going to start hearing rumors of him retiring.
I don’t buy that we’re getting close to that point yet, but if the Seahawks win a pair of Super Bowls over the next couple years, then who knows. That type of succes has a way of changing people’s priorities.
All that is just rampant speculation though (brought on by bordem from a slow news day). All we really know is that Schneider is going to be around for a while longer.
And that makes this fan very happy.