Seahawks hire ex-Browns exec Matt Thomas as VP for football administration

RENTON, Wash. -- The Seattle Seahawks have hired Matt Thomas as vice president of football administration, the team announced Friday. Thomas replaces John Idzik, who was named general manager of the New York Jets last week.

"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 Seattle after spending the previous three seasons with the Cleveland Browns in the same capacity. He began his NFL career in 1998 with the Miami Dolphins and spent 12 seasons with the club, spending 2009 as vice president/general counsel & football administration.

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