ESPN.com’s Len Pasquarelli reports that the Seattle Seahawks have hired Green Bay Packers Director of Football Operations John Schneider to be their next general manager.
Schneider, 38, has spent the last 17 years in an NFL personnel department, beginning as an intern with then-Packers general manager Ron Wolf, and spending the next four years as a pro personnel assistant with the club. Schneider has also worked in personnel departments for the Kansas City Chiefs (1997-99), Seattle Seahawks (2000), and Washington Redskins (2001).
Schneider has spent the last eight years with the Packers, including the last two years as the Director of Football Operations, where he oversees the pro and college scouting departments, and assists general manager Ted Thompson in the long-term planning of the football operation.
Since 2002, the Packers have rarely ventured into free agency, with just three unrestricted free agents, including 2009 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Charles Woodson, playing significant roles on a 2009 team that went 11-5 and made the post-season.
The current Packers’ roster has been primarily built through the draft. Notable selections by the Packers in recent years are quarterback Aaron Rodgers, wide receivers Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson, James Jones, linebackers Nick Barnett and Clay Matthews, safety Nick Collins, as well as notable mid-to-late round steals Aaron Kampman, Johnny Jolly, Jermichael Finley and Josh Sitton.
With aging offense tackles Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher on the roster, the Packers have spent multiple draft picks improving the depth at that position, selecting seven tackles over the last few NFL drafts. While neither are currently starting for the Packers, two (Sitton, Daryn Colledge) are starting guards for Green Bay, which underscores why teams should always draft tackles, who will usually have the ability to play inside, as well.
The Seahawks haven’t drafted an offensive tackle since 2005.
The Packers also do an outstanding job in the trade market, fleecing the New England Patriots in a 2006 deal where the clubs swapped second-round picks in that year’s draft, and in exchange, the Packers picked up an additional third-round pick from New England. The Patriots chose Chad Jackson, who is now out of the league, while the Packers chose Jennings and Jason Spitz, a Pro Bowl-caliber wide receiver and the team’s current starting center.
Green Bay also acquired running back Ryan Grant from the New York Giants just prior to the start of the 2007 regular season.
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