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Seahawks take care of Heath Farwell with “unheard of” IR offer; team returns to practice after bye week

The Seahawks are back from their seven-day bye-week vacation this morning and will be on the practice field this afternoon at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton. Coach Pete Carroll is scheduled to talk to the media following practice, seven days before Seattle plays a Monday-night game at Washington.

The Seahawks have repeatedly cited the “family” they have and the loyalty they share Carroll’s and general manager John Schneider’s program as a key ingredient to their formula to becoming Super Bowl champions.

But what creates such bonding? Every team strives for such dedication. How does Seattle get it?


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Seahawks hire Matt Thomas as new VP of football

The Seattle Seahawks announced this afternoon that they have hired Matt Thomas as Vice President of football Administration.

Thomas replaces John Idzik, recently named general manager of the N.Y. Jets.

“Matt is a well-respected salary cap expert and was recommended by many top-ranking NFL executives,” said Seahawks general manager John Schneider. “I am excited to welcome him to our football family.”

Thomas joins the Seahawks after spending the last three seasons with Cleveland in the same capacity. He began his NFL career in 1998 with Miami, spending 12 seasons with the Browns, including 2009 as the Dolphins vice president/general counsel and football administration.

Thomas is a graduate of the University of Denver, University of South Dakota School of Law and the New York University School of Law.


Seahawks’ cap guy Idzik hired as N.Y. Jets GM

John Idzik, Seattle Seahawks vice president of football administration, looks on during an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
John Idzik, Seattle Seahawks vice president of football administration, looks on during an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

The New York Jets officially announced that Seattle Seahawks vice president of administration John Idzik has been hired as the team’s new general manager.

“John has seen first-hand what’s necessary to construct a winning team and has worked with some of the most innovative and successful coaches in the NFL, including Pete Carroll, Tony Dungy, Dennis Green, Jon Gruden and Mike Holmgren,” said Jets owner Woody Johnson. “Drawing on 20 years of NFL experience, John, working with Rex (Ryan), will get the Jets where all of us want to be.”

Idzik joined the Seahawks in 2007, serving as the team’s chief negotiator and salary cap expert.

A graduate of Dartmouth College with a degree in mathematics, Idzik played receiver in college, and during his final years with Seattle began to take on a broader role in the scouting and evaluation of players.

Idzik also was a regular observer at Seattle’s practices during the week.

Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sport reports that former Denver Broncos general manager Brian Xanders could be a potential candidate to fill the role left vacant in Seattle’s organization by Idzik’s departure.


Morning links: Day 3 of the draft

Good morning. We just arrived at the VMAC. Sorry, but because of the fast pace of today’s draft we won’t be running a live chat.

But we’ll provide you the latest updates of what’s happening today. Seattle has seven picks in rounds four through seven. I’d be surprised if they use them all, but we’ll see.

Seattle has two picks in the fourth round (106 and 114), one in the fifth (154), two in the sixth (172 and 181) and two in the seventh (225) and 232).

Also, Seattle’s first round pick defensive end Bruce Irvin arrives today, and we’ll get a chance to talk to him at about 10:15 a.m.

Here’s my story on Seattle selecting Wisconsin QB Russell Wilson. And both Pete Carroll and John Schneider talk about drafting Wilson in the video above.

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Schneider: Whitehurst will compete for starting QB job

Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider offered a wide range of opinions on the upcoming draft and the state of his team in a 50-minute interview with reporters here at the VMAC.

Schneider appeared more comfortable in his second year as the team’s head personnel man, and several times during the interview session had us in the room cracking up with some quick one-liners, including yours truly on the receiving end of a few zingers.

Here are some tidbits.

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Hawks extend cap guy Idzik

The Seattle Seahawks announced today that the team has extended the contract of Vice President of Football Administration John Idzik. In his fourth year with the team, the Seahawks signed Idzik to a two-year extension, which seems to bode well for next year, with questions on whether or not football will be played in 2011.

Here’s the release.

Renton, Wash. – The Seattle Seahawks have given Vice President of Football Administration John Idzik a two-year contract extension, the team announced this afternoon.

“We are excited that John Idzik will remain as the team’s lead negotiator,” said General Manager

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Peter McLoughlin introduced as new president of Seahawks, Sounders FC

Quick note: Thanks to Eric for putting up an early post while I was in the Hawks locker room. I’ve added some more quotes to the post.  — Divish

The Seattle Seahawks introduced former St. Louis Blues CEO Peter McLoughlin as the team’s new president of the Seattle Seahawks, Sounders FC and First & Goal Inc.

“Consider me a new member of the 12th Man,” McLoughlin said. “I’m here to be a great fan of both teams, to work hard, serve the fans, give back to the community and to help John and Pete (Carroll) and the Sounders have the

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St. Louis Blues CEO headed to Seattle

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting that St. Louis Blues CEO Peter McLoughlin is leaving the team to take a executive position with the Seattle Seahawks.

So it appears the Seahawks may have found their replacement for departing CEO Tod Leiweke, and dipped into the NHL ranks once again to do so.

UPDATE: The Seahawks have not confirmed this report, but did say that announcement will be made regarding the position at a press conference tomorrow morning.

According to this report, McLoughlin oversaw business operations of the Blues and Scottrade Center, including sales, marketing and finance.

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