The Seattle Seahawks have reached an extension agreement with general manager John Schneider, according to ESPN's John Clayton. Schneider's contract was set to expire after the 2016 season, leading to some speculation about whether or not he would pursue a job as GM of the Green Bay Packers if it were to come available, but now we know that he's probably going to be around for at least as long as this present stretch run of greatness for the team. (There was a Packers "out clause" in Schneider's previous deal should the GM job become available in Green Bay, and as of now it's unclear if that clause still remains.)
The deal is said to come close to the $3.75 million per year that Ozzie Newsome makes with the Baltimore Ravens, which is the highest such amount in the NFL.
The Seahawks are 46-18 over the last four seasons, with seven playoff wins. Schneider and Pete Carroll took over a team that was basically barren with perhaps the least-talented roster in the NFL in 2010, but over the next few years added Marshawn Lynch, Earl Thomas, Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor, Doug Baldwin, Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril, Bobby Wagner, and others; most of those players also came on the cheap during their first go-around with the team, making it possible for Seattle to add such a large stable of Pro Bowl and All-Pro players at one time.
Schneider has never been named as Executive of the Year though.
There is still no news about Carroll -- whose also has/had a contract set to expire after this season -- but there's speculation now that with Schneider done, Carroll will soon follow.
Update: Jay Glazer reports that the extension is for five years.