Seahawks GM Used To Have A Clause In His Contract Allowing Him To Leave For Green Bay
The Seahawks announced earlier this week that they had signed general manager John Schneider to a contract extension. It was a pretty average press release with nothing really notable. Schneider has developed the phenomenal team that went to back to back Super Bowls and is still in position to continue its dominance for several more years. He is the architect and his ability to find talent in the middle rounds of the draft (Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor) is unmatched. To be rewarded with a lucrative extension to stay in Seattle for the long term was obvious.
However upon signing the contract to stay with the Seahawks, rumors have leaked out that in his previous contract, John Schneider held an "out clause" allowing him to leave for Green Bay without penalty, if he was offered the general manager's position there. Despite the fact that Schneider is a Wisconsin native that worked for a decade with the Packers previously, having an out clause to to leave your current job for another team just doesn't feel right for us. With rumors swirling that Ted Thompson will retire in a few years, it almost seemed like Schneider has been literally eying his next job already. Basically, this story makes Schneider sound like Larry Brown.
Unlike Brown however, Schneider wasn't going to leave acrimoniously or out of nowhere. He literally had it in his contract. This point has become moot because Schneider's new contract doesn't contain the clause, but it's still remarkable to us that Seattle was alright with this.
"Hey, I really appreciate being your general manager, but if this other job opens that I consider better than this one, I'm bolting. Cool?"
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