League sources have confirmed that the Seahawks have hired Packers director of football operations John Schneider as the team’s new general manager to replace Tim Ruskell, who was forced to resign late in the season.
The 38-year-old Schneider, who served in the Seahawks’ front office in 2000, fills the mold the Seahawks appeared to be looking for — an up-and-comer who could coexist effectively with new Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll. According to Seahawks CEO Toe Lieweke, the team’s new GM would have the final say on all personnel matters, but Carroll would have the final say on who makes his final roster.
Schneider joined the NFL in 1992 as an intern to then-Packers GM Ron Wolf. He rejoined the Packers in 2002 as the personnel analyst to GM Ted Thompson and was promoted to his current post in 2008. In addition to working for the Packers and Seahawks, he worked in the front offices of the Chiefs (1997-99) and Redskins (2001).
Most recently in Green Bay, Schneider pitched in with Thompson to select a very productive 2009 draft crop, led by ROLB Clay Matthews, who became an instant success once he cracked the starting lineup. In addition, it was on Schneider’s recommendation that the Packers decided to hire head coach Mike McCarthy.
With the Seahawks owning three of the top 40 picks in the 2010 draft and numerous decisions to make on veteran players, Schneider is expected to roll up his sleeves immediately.