We’ll be previewing the upcoming NFL Draft with multiple stories every day this week, beginning with a package of stuff in today’s paper.
That includes this story on Seattle’s need to keep nailing the draft to stay on top; this review of the four drafts already concluded under John Schneider and Pete Carroll (way more hits than misses so far); and this preview of the linebacker position.
AND IN OTHER NEWS. …
— President Obama poked a little fun at Richard Sherman at the White House Correspondents’ dinner last night (it’s high up in the transcript). Russell Wilson also attended.
— Here’s another story on the dinner.
— Joel McHale, who briefly was a walk-on at UW in the ’90s, also had fun with both Sherman and Wilson, saying:
Richard Sherman has already had an impact on tonight’s event. He’s intercepted all three of Tim Tebow’s attempts to pass the dinner rolls. Oh, and Russell Wilson is also here from my Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks. Peyton Manning, he wanted to be here tonight, but he can only move four yards at a time. You’re right, he’s not here to defend himself.
— The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has a good look at the power structure of the Green Bay Packers and its future. Included are a few Seahawk-related notes. Specifically, the paper writes of coach’s salaries that:
“Sources said New England’s Bill Belichick is the highest-paid coach at about $11 million per year. Seattle’s Pete Carroll, with a new deal averaging about $9 million, is second followed by New Orleans’ Sean Payton at about $8.5 million. Saints owner Tom Benson went higher than he probably needed to assist Payton, who wasn’t paid during his year-long suspension in 2012.”
Carroll was widely reported at the time of his extension last month to now be making more than $8 million a year. This puts the figure closer to $9 million (teams don’t officially announce salaries, and unlike players’ salaries, the specifics don’t always leak).
And it says this about the idea that Schneider could be considered to run the Packers someday:
“John Schneider, 42, left the Packers in January 2010 to serve as general manager in Seattle. He grew up in De Pere, has deep ties and connections within the organization and city, and just helped the Seahawks win the Super Bowl.
Schneider hasn’t had the opportunity to wield the power that he would in Green Bay because Carroll has final say on everything in Seattle. It’s considered almost a foregone conclusion among his colleagues and friends that Schneider regards the Packers as his dream job.
It’s possible that Seahawks owner Paul Allen, one of the richest men in the world, would offer Schneider more money than almost any man could turn down.
It’s possible that Schneider might be able to opt out of his Seattle contract because of the increased authority a jump to Green Bay would mean.
It’s possible that Allen, stung a decade ago when the Packers snatched (Ted) Thompson away from his neglectful eye, would play hardball and demand draft-choice compensation.
And it’s possible that Schneider has a clause in his contract enabling him to return home as Packers GM.”
As the story notes, that Schneider might someday want to return to Green Bay are not new rumors. But as also noted, he is under contract — with Carroll — through 2016, deals that likely aren’t easy to just leave.
— BuffaloBills.com looks at how valuable success in the running game can be, with some mentions of the Seahawks.
— Schneider quoted in this story on the QBs available in the draft.
— It’s a key draft for the Rams.