Seahawks hire Matt Thomas as VP of football administration

By Matt Rybaltowski | CBSSports.com

In six seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, John Idzik gained a strong reputation throughout the NFL for his expert handling of salary cap related issues and his professionalism while negotiating hefty contracts.

One day after Idzik was introduced as the New York Jets' general manager, the Seahawks believe they have found an heir apparent in Matt Thomas. On Friday, the Seahawks hired Thomas to replace Idzik as the team's vice president of football administration.

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

Thomas comes to the Seahawks after spending three seasons with the Browns in a similar capacity. In 2010, the Browns selected former University of Florida cornerback Joe Haden with the No. 7 overall pick. Haden recorded six interceptions in his rookie season, becoming the first Browns' player since 1968 to intercept a pass in four consecutive games.

Before his stint in Cleveland, Thomas worked in the Dolphins' front office for 12 seasons. In 2009, Thomas' final season in Miami, he served as the team's vice president/general counsel & football administration. Dolphins left tackle Jake Long, the first overall pick in 2008, has made four Pro Bowls in five seasons and was selected as a First-team All-Pro in 2010. During Thomas' tenure, the Dolphins also uncovered several mid-late round gems in safety Yeremiah Bell, tight end Randy McMichael, running back Jalen Parmele and defensive tackle Paul Soliai.

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

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