SEATTLE -- On Wednesday, the Seahawks officially announced the hiring of Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald as their next head coach.

Sources informed ESPN's Adam Schefter that Macdonald is signing a six-year contract.

"What a privilege," Macdonald expressed after being welcomed by team staff, as reported on the team's website.

"We're incredibly thrilled to be here. As we get acquainted with John [Schneider] and the rest of the team, it's clear that the reputation of this organization and the people here are what attracted us," Macdonald commented.

"That's our purpose here: to bring a championship back to Seattle and to the fans, the 12s."

"We're going to have a blast, we're going to grind hard, and it's going to be an amazing journey."

"We're committed for the long haul, and we're going to achieve a lot of victories on the football field."

The Seahawks decided to bring on Macdonald after conducting a second meeting with him on Wednesday, following their initial interview in Baltimore the previous day.

At 36 years old, Macdonald becomes the youngest head coach in the NFL. He arrives in Seattle with a reputation as one of the league's most astute defensive strategists, having guided the Ravens to top rankings in points allowed, sacks, and takeaways in 2023, his second season as Baltimore's coordinator.

The Seahawks leadership, including Schneider, convened with Macdonald for their initial meeting on Tuesday.