John Schneider expects Thomas Rawls, Jimmy Graham to be ready for regular season

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Two big offensive pieces for the Seattle Seahawks continue to rehab from injuries suffered last season.

Running back Thomas Rawls and tight end Jimmy Graham are both recovering from ailments that landed them on injured reserve last season. Graham went down with a torn patellar tendon in November while Rawls was lost for the season to a broken ankle in early December.

Seahawks general manager John Schneider said Wednesday that he would be shocked if Rawls and Graham weren’t ready for the start of the season in September.

Yeah, at this point I would be,” Schneider said in an interview with Mitch Levy on 950 KJR in Seattle. “Right now their rehab is going well. We’re just trying to get them ready for the season. We’re not trying to get them to play Minnesota in the preseason.”

Graham injured his knee against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Nov. 29. Rawls broke his ankle against the Baltimore Ravens on Dec. 13. Schneider said they weren’t sure if either player would be able to play any preseason games.

“No, we don’t. Not at this point,” Schneider said. “It’s just too early. Quite honestly, if they don’t in the preseason for a couple games, I’m totally cool with that.”

Rawls will become a major piece of Seattle’s offense in 2016 with the retirement of Marshawn Lynch. Graham was starting to settle in with Seattle’s offense before his knee injury ended his initial season in Seattle. Getting both players back to 100 percent will be key for Seattle’s offense this fall.

7 responses to “John Schneider expects Thomas Rawls, Jimmy Graham to be ready for regular season

  1. I’m wondering if some reporter will ever ask him what the reason for Lynch not officially filing his retirement papers with the League and what is the team prepared to do if he doesn’t file them? What impact on the team plans due to cap considerations? Is there an obvious contractual benefit to him by the delay? Is there any question that he indeed is retired?

    Yes; its nice to hear about some of the other issues with the team but this is the biggie as far as I am concerned.

  2. chawk12thman says:
    Apr 14, 2016 1:59 AM

    I’m wondering if some reporter will ever ask him what the reason for Lynch not officially filing his retirement papers with the League and what is the team prepared to do if he doesn’t file them? What impact on the team plans due to cap considerations? Is there an obvious contractual benefit to him by the delay? Is there any question that he indeed is retired?

    Yes; its nice to hear about some of the other issues with the team but this is the biggie as far as I am concerned.
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    I’ve heard Schneider asked about this contract and he just kind of blows it off and plays dumb.

    Here’s what is most likely going on. The Hawks are letting Lynch keep his $5 million of prorated signing bonus even though Marshawn didn’t earn it. If Lynch officially retired today, the Seahawks would save $6.5 million in cap space, and they’d lose $5 million in dead money this year because of the unreturned signing bonus.

    If Marshawn officially retires after June 1 (or if the Hawks cut him after June 1), only 2.5 million in dead money counts towards this year, and $2.5 million in dead money would count towards next year’s cap space. So if this happens, the Hawks will have a total of $9 million in extra cap space this year vs. only $6.5 million.

    The Hawks probably asked Marshawn to wait until June 1 to retire. That way they get an extra $2.5 million in cap space for signing other Free Agents this year.

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