Schneider says things going as planned

Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider said he's happy with where the team stands so far in free agency and he's excited about some of the young players he expects to step up for the Seahawks in 2014.

"What I would say is we're pleased with the way things are going," Schneider said Tuesday on 710 ESPN Seattle. "It's been part of the model that we've created over the last year and a half."

The Seahawks have lost seven players in free agency (receiver Golden Tate, offensive linemen Breno Giacomini and Paul McQuistan, defensive tackle Clinton McDonald, cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Walter Thurmond, and safety Chris Maragos).

The team also released three veterans for salary-cap reasons -- defensive end Chris Clemons and Red Bryant, and wide receiver Sidney Rice.

"We expected some attrition along the way," Schneider said. "It's always very hard to make those decisions and move forward, but we're very excited about the young players we have on this team.

"Were excited about getting [defensive end] Greg Scruggs back playing and [cornerback] Tharold Simon. And the Super Bowl MVP [linebacker Malcolm Smith] is a pretty good player."

Scruggs (6-3, 285) had a strong rookie year in 2012, but missed all last season with a torn ACL. Simon (6-2, 200) was a fifth-round draft choice out of LSU last year, but spent the season on injured reserve after undergoing foot surgery.

"We excited about the young core of players we have," Schneider said. "We feel like two of our most explosive offensive players barely even played last year in [rookie running back] Christine Michael and [receiver] Percy [Harvin], so we're excited about our plan and moving forward.''

Schneider also gave a hint about deals the Seahawks will need to make with players such as free safety Earl Thomas, cornerback Richard Sherman and quarterback Russell Wilson. Thomas and Sherman are free agents following the 2014 season. Wilson can renegotiate his contract after this season.

"We are blessed to have a young, talented team," Schneider said. "We need to be able to plan accordingly in terms or being able to reward those players."