Schneider confirms Lynch holdout, team’s lack of interest in giving him new deal
Earlier today, the Seahawks announced that they had reached the 90-man roster limit. Before too long, they’ll go back to 89 by placing running back Marshawn Lynch on the reserve/did not report list.
In an interview with ESPN 710 in Seattle, Seahawks G.M. John Schneider said, via Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times, that Marshawn has “made a decision not to be here.” Schneider’s comments also indicated that the team has made a decision not to do anything about it.
“There is a specific plan in place here and it’s my responsibility to [owner Paul Allen] and the fans to try to provide a consistent championship-caliber football team, one that the fans feel we have a shot every year,” Schneider said.
"[J]ust two years ago Marshawn was one of our first guys we were able to reward in terms of this plan going forward,” Schneider said, referring to Lynch’s four-year, $30 million contract.
So if Lynch doesn’t show, the Seahawks will rely on the next man up. Schneider pointed out that coach Pete Carroll and his staff “do a good job of teaching young players and getting them ready to play.”
Does that mean Christine Michael and/or Robert Turbin can get it done if Lynch doesn’t show?
“I think it’s a fair question,” Schneider said. “But I think obviously Marshawn Lynch is a heck of a running back, you know what I mean? But it’s just like we had players at different positions, like last year we ran into the deal with [cornerbacks] Brandon Browner and [Byron] Maxwell steps up and has to go. . . . I think that the players and teammates think that they are comfortable with the next player. And that’s no disrespect to Marshawn -- everybody knows what he can do.”
Soon, we all may find out what Turbin and Michael can do.