“Winning the offseason” is a phrase that’s often said with a certain level of condescension. Often the teams that steal headlines in the offseason fall flat on their face, and too many times a generally positive consensus on a team’s free-agency moves eventually gets disproved by what happens on the field months later.
However, when it comes to Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider, you can look back upon two offseasons that were far from lauded, but have since produced incredible results. It seems like centuries ago he was called crazy for both trading for Matt Flynn and drafting Russell Wilson in the third-round. This before Pete Carroll — even more crazy — started him Week 1.
But to borrow a phrase Yahoo’s Mike Silver told me prior to last season: “”He kray”… but (possibly) a good kray…”
Now fast-forward to 2013, where each Seahawks signing is met with a sense of shock, except now the shock is at how good a deal they’ve just pulled.
“Cliff Avril got $15M for two years??? John Schneider is a frigging Jedi,” remarked CBS Sports’ Will Brinson.
The most recent “steal” is summed up perfectly by Pro Football Talk, and really captures that sound of the Seahawks bangwagon loading up when people make their Super Bowl picks in August — which will likely include me, especially with Percy Harvin taking the offense from good to scary.
“The rich keep on gettin’ richer,” PFT’s Mike Florio wrote. “Defensive end Michael Bennett, who visited the Dolphins on Thursday, has agreed to terms on a one-year, $5 million contract with the Seahawks. Yes, the Seahawks.”