Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has yet to file his retirement papers with the NFL. But Seattle general manager John Schneider said it just hasn't happened yet and is not an indication he wants to continue playing.
BOCA RATON, Fla. — Marshawn Lynch memorably announced his retirement via twitter late during Denver’s Super Bowl win over Carolina.
That the Seahawks have yet to place Lynch on a reserve/retired list, though, has raised at least a few eyebrows (since Lynch has two years remaining on his contract, the team has to make a move of some sort to remove him from the roster).
Seattle general manager John Schneider said at the NFL league meetings Tuesday, however, that there is no real mystery.
Asked if there was a reason the move hasn’t happened yet, Schneider said “not really. We just haven’t received his papers yet. He’s been out of the country riding camels and stuff.’’
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The latter sentence was a reference to Lynch’s recent trip to Egypt as part of a group organized by former Seahawk Breno Giacomini promoting American football.
The Seahawks could wait to make a move with Lynch until after June 1 which would allow the team to spread out his salary cap hit over both 2016 and 2017 (meaning instead of taking all $5 million in 2016 it would be $2.5 million each year if the team were to designate Lynch as a post-June 1 cut).
But Schneider indicated that has not been the motivating factor in why a move with Lynch has not been made yet, saying “we haven’t decided’’ if the would decide to make Lynch a post June 1 cut.
“Yeah, it would create some cap room,’’ Schneider said. “I’m not sure we’re at the point where we specifically need that. We just haven’t decided whether or not we’re going to wait until then to do it.’’
If Lynch were to not file retirement papers, then the Seahawks could release him (there’s no difference in the salary cap ramifications). If that were to happen, Lynch would then be a free agent. However, league sources have said there is no indication Lynch is waiting to file papers because he wants to continue to play.
Lynch announced his retirement with a tweet of cleats hanging over a power line and a peace out symbol. Schneider and coach Pete Carroll said during the NFL combine last month that Lynch had indicated to them that was how he intended to publicly retire.