Seahawks general manager John Schneider said during an interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio today that there is “no specific timetable” for a contract extension for Richard Sherman, and gave every indication that Terrelle Pryor will be solely a quarterback in Seattle.
You can hear a bit of the interview on the link below.
Regarding Sherman, Schneider was asked about the Jason La Confora report earlier today that the cornerback and the Seahawks have made “considerable” progress on a contract extension and that something could be done by the time of the NFL Draft May 8-10.
Said Schneider: “We have no specific timetable. We don’t really like to get into individual negotiations. I’m glad Jason thinks it’s close — that’s a good sign. He’s a good guy. But I would rather not get into specifics of individual negotiations and that’s something that we keep in-house here.”
As for Pryor, the quarterback the Seahawks acquired Monday from the Raiders, Schneider indicated that the team got him solely to be a quarterback. Asked if the team had had discussions with Pryor or his agent about trying a different position, Schneider said: “We haven’t had those discussions. If there was ever an athlete that would be able to play a slash role, if you will, it would be this kind of player. … But that may be a little bit fantasy football at this time of year. He’s a quarterback, been a quarterback. We haven’t gotten into that.”
The Seahawks traded a seventh-round pick for Pryor, who likely would have been released otherwise. Schneider noted, though, that the Seahawks wouldn’t have had a chance to claim him if he had been released.
Asked why the team picked him up when it seems secure at quarterback, Schneider said: “The easiest explanation for that is we can’t expect our players to be out competing in the off-season and having a championship off-season if we are not doing the same. There is absolutely no room for complacency in any department.”
He added that it’s the kind of move that shows the team is continually “pushing the envelope anyway we possibly can and always trying to improve competitively at every position and we saw this as an opportunity to do that. This is a rare athlete, size, speed, 6-5-and-a-half, 4.36 (40-yard dash). We are excited about his upside and the type of athlete he is. We knew if he was released we would have no opportunity to claim him.”
Schneider was also asked what Russell Wilson can do better in his third season in the NFL and said: “I think you will still see things slow down for him a little bit. He had some pressure on him right in the middle of the season. We had a couple of tackles that were out, played at St. Louis under a ton of pressure there. I think you will see a guy that is honing his whole craft. I don’t think he ever stops doing that. … maybe see him be a little more patient. But that’s kind of nitpicking at this point.”
— SiriusXM NFL Radio (@SiriusXMNFL) April 22, 2014