Schneider: Seahawks will place Marshawn Lynch on retired list by June 1

AP

Marshawn Lynch cryptically announced his retirement during Super Bowl 50 with a tweet showing a pair of sneakers hanging from a telephone wire. However, he still hasn’t officially filed the paperwork and the Seahawks haven’t placed him on the retired list.

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said following the conclusion of the draft on Saturday that Lynch remains “committed to being retired.”

“He’s riding camels and stuff, man,” general manager John Schneider joked when asked if he saw a scenario where Lynch would play for Seattle in 2016.

Schneider expanded on the Lynch topic in an interview with Mitch Levy on Sports Radio 950 KJR in Seattle. The Seahawks could spread out the cap hit from Lynch’s retirement by waiting to place him on the reserve/retired list until after June 1. The $5 million cap charge could be split into equal $2.5 million shares in 2016 and 2017. However, Schneider said they aren’t looking to do that.

“If we place him on reserve/retired, then we accept that cap hit this year and we’d rather do that than do it after June 1,” Schneider said. “That’s the situation for us. We’d rather pay as we go, so we’d rather do it right now.”

Seattle prepared for life after Lynch through last weekend’s draft. They selected three running backs and three offensive linemen among their 10 selections. Notre Dame’s C.J. Prosise, Arkansas’ Alex Collins and Clemson’s Zac Brooks will join Thomas Rawls and Christine Michael as the group to take over the rushing attack for Seattle in the post-Lynch era.

10 responses to “Schneider: Seahawks will place Marshawn Lynch on retired list by June 1

  1. Retire in peace. Boss
    # beast mode
    # skittles monster
    #24 put Seattle on the map
    And I hate the hash tag

  2. The Seahawks could spread out the cap hit from Lynch’s retirement by waiting to place him on the reserve/retired list until after June 1. The $5 million cap charge could be split into equal $2.5 million shares in 2016 and 2016.”
    Is there any scenario where the cap hit could be divided three ways, between 2016, 2016, and 2016?

  3. The Seahawks could spread out the cap hit from Lynch’s retirement by waiting to place him on the reserve/retired list until after June 1. The $5 million cap charge could be split into equal $2.5 million shares in 2016 and 2016″.
    This could be more readable if split three ways between 2016, 2016, and 2016.

  4. It also makes sense not to file the paperwork until May 31, in case there is a freak injury and the team needs a sudden emergency $2.5M in cap space.

  5. Glad he can walk away on his own terms. And for those who think he doesn’t merit consideration for the Hall of Fame, remember that he had some years in which his broken tackles numbers were absurdly higher than the next closest guy (not a very objective stat, but it is there to acknowledge that some guys are much harder to bring down than others, and Marshawn was an all-time great in that respect), and also remember that in this age of running back by committee, the standards are going to be adjusted for which RBs can make it in.

    I will miss seeing his violent and aggressive running style, he was one of the most entertaining players in the league and a personal favorite of mine.

  6. No harm no foul on this either way. If he retires before 6/1, the $2.5 is accelerated to 2016 and we’re free and clear in 2017. If not, we have the extra money this season to see about extending one of the 2017 FAs.

  7. Well, Schneider did specifically say that nobody would wear 24 during the regular season.

    Again, seriously, if this plays out the way it seems to be going right now – the way the Seahawks are currently playing with the money, and Lynch still not filing paperwork – Lynch might be suiting up in the post season.

  8. He is under contract, how can the hawks just retire him? They can cut him, but I believe he must file for retirement. If he does not and they cut him, he becomes a free agent and can sign with anyone if he wants to return someday. I don’t think he can do that if he retires as a Seahawk. But I’m just a fan, not an agent.

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