Here are the key statements from John Schneider at the Combine today:
Schneider has talked to Russell Wilson‘s agent, Mark Rodgers, about an extension, but that is not a priority at this stage of the offseason. Schneider also said he gets the impression Wilson wants to remain with the Seahawks. “I have no reason to believe otherwise — other than Internet rumors.”
As expected, Kam Chancellor is “probably not” going to be on the roster. “There is some administrative stuff from a cap standpoint that we have to get through with him.” The Hawks will save $2.3 million when they officially release him. “It’s not a shock,” the GM said. “He knows what’s going on. This is really a formality from our salary cap position.’’
Schneider will talk to K.J. Wright’s agents this week, but the GM hinted that Seattle would not want to pay much for the eight-year veteran who missed much of 2018 with a knee injury. Schneider: “His people are going to figure out and get a good lay of the land this week in terms of speaking with other teams. But obviously we are going to stay in close communication with him. … By the end of the week, we’ll have a better feel for where his market lies.”
The team wants both D.J. Fluker and J.R. Sweezy back but has to see what the market for the guards will be first. Schneider will be talking to agents for many of Seattle’s pending free agents and gauging market value for various players.
Seattle has just four draft picks due to veteran trades the past two seasons. Schneider: “It’s a challenge … but it’s exciting. We’re trying to navigate where we’re going in the draft. We don’t necessarily have to trade down all the time, but it’s fun.”
On 710 ESPN, Schneider seemed to hint the Hawks will play the comp game again this year after not getting any this year for the second straight year. “You have to be careful with unrestricted free agency because there’s that balance of losing draft picks. … We ended up signing so many unrestricted free agents that we ended up losing draft picks (this year).”
Schneider mentioned that he has talked to Sebastian Janikowski’s agent. Schneider said they will add another kicker to compete with Sam Ficken, but it certainly would be a surprise if the Hawks brought back Janikowski.
Schneider was evasive about the status of Malik McDowell, who has spent his first two seasons on NFI. “You know, I can’t talk about him. I really can’t.” The silence about his ATV injuries is understandable — he can’t reveal McDowell’s condition without the player’s permission. But he otherwise certainly could speak about his roster status — unless they are in litigation over repayment or already have come to a settlement. Per the CBA, the Seahawks have not been required to pay him and he has owed them $1.6 million in bonus payback so far. But there has been no verification that they have reclaimed that money.
Asked about any players who might be slowed by offseason surgeries, Schneider told 710 ESPN: “Doug Baldwin had a couple things that he got worked on. That’s really about it.” Baldwin, who had a number of injuries last season, and Will Dissly are both expected to be healthy for the 2019 season.
The overhaul of the conditioning staff was about “trying to be the best we possibly can be.” Schneider said he and Carroll asked themselves: “How are we affecting the players? Who is putting their hands on them? How are we helping them get better every day?”
The Seahawks are not for sale. Ownership is technically by the Paul G. Allen Trust, with Jody Allen as the chairwoman. Schneider on new boss Jody Allen: “She’s amazing. She’s into it. She wants to win.”