Feb 19, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider speaks to the media at the 2015 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
2. John Schneider, Seattle Seahawks
What Seattle Seahawks, general manager, John Schneider, was able to accomplish in trading for Jimmy Graham is quite amazing.
Beyond re-signing Marshawn Lynch, trading for Graham might be the team’s only true significant move in free agency, but frankly I don’t care. The loss of Byron Maxwell is significant, but with players like Jeremy Lane, and Tharold Simon still on board, to go along with Richard Sherman, I don’t see a real reason to worry.
The loss of a first round pick, and veteran center, Max Unger, is nothing to sneeze at, but for a Seahawks team looking to win titles now, trading away the 31st pick in the draft is a small cost to pay in acquiring a transcendent talent like Jimmy Graham.
The bottom line is this is a team that could easily be heading into the 2015 season as two-time defending champs. And this team is heading into 2015 greatly improved. This was a powerful chess move in the game of the NFL offseason.
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