Seahawks general manager John Schneider said in an interview on KJR-AM 950 Tuesday that the team wants to take all of Marshawn Lynch's $5 million salary cap hit this year, meaning a move to take him off the roster will happen by June 1.
As the weeks, and now months, have passed since Marshawn Lynch retired without the team making an official move to take him off the roster, there has been speculation the Seahawks were keeping their options open whether to take all of his dead money salary cap hit in 2016 or spread it out into 2017.
But in an interview on KJR-AM 950 in Seattle with morning host Mitch Levy that aired Tuesday morning, Seahawks general manager John Schneider said the team wants to take all of the $5 million dead cap hit in 2016, rather than half in 2016 and another half in 2017.
“It’s basically like a credit card, like you want to pay off your credit card as you go,’’ Schneider said. “So like with us, if we place him on reserve/retired (by June 1) then we accept that cap hit this year, and we would rather do that then do it after June 1.’’
Asked if that meant they didn’t want to spread it out over two years, Schneider said “exactly.’’
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Spreading the cap hit out over two years would have given the team a little more salary cap flexibility for this season, and at the NFL league meetings in March Schneider had said that was an option the team was considering.. But it’s possible that with the NFL draft now completed and the team having an even clearer vision of its roster that the Seahawks have become firmer in wanting to take Lynch’s cap hit now.
“That’s the situation for us where we would rather pay as we go,’’ Schneider said. “So we would rather do it right now.’’
Lynch has a total cap hit of $11.5 million for the 2016 season, $5 million in dead money. So taking all of that now means that when Lynch is officially placed on the reserve/retired list the Seahawks will free up $6.5 million for 2016. The Seahawks are currently listed as having just under $6 million in cap space. So if they take all of the hit for Lynch this year they’ll have about $12.5 million once he comes off the books (signing the 10 draft picks will eat up about $2 million of that cap space.)
The Seahawks have been carrying all of Lynch’s salary on its books since he announced his retirement during the Super Bowl, which has led to some questioning about why the team hasn’t made a move (Lynch also hasn’t filed his retirement papers, though the team can place him on a reserve/retired list without that happening, Schneider said).
But it’s thought that the team would have forced the issue and made a move if it had had a compelling reason to need the cap room.
The Seahawks have continually insisted that the fact no move has been made is not an indication that Lynch wants to continue to still play.
“I think he’s committed to being retired,’’ Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Saturday.
And the Seahawks have obviously made some big moves to replace him, taking three running backs in the just-completed NFL draft.
So, expect the Seahawks to make some kind of move with Lynch by June 1.
Here are a few other notes from Schneider’s appearance Tuesday morning. …
— Asked about stories that the Dallas Cowboys wanted to make another move at getting Seattle’s first round pick which the Seahawks instead traded to Denver, Schneider said that once Seattle had an agreement with the Broncos “we weren’t going to go back on our word.’’
— Schneider reiterated what he and Carroll had said in other interviews on Monday — that the plan is to play first-round pick Germain Ifedi at right guard with free agent signee D’Marcus Webb at right tackle. “That’s a pretty big right side right out of the gate,’’ Schneider said of Ifedi, listed at 6-5, 335, and Webb, listed at 6-7, 330. Asked if Webb can play guard, a position at which he started most of last season for the Raiders, Schneider said “we would like to keep him at tackle.’’
— Schneider also said that third-round pick Reed Odhiambo will begin his career at left guard, calling him “another bigger, power player for us.’’
— And as for left tackle, Schneider said again that the plan is for Garry Gilliam to compete there with Bradley Sowell.
— Schneider reiterated what he said over the weekend, that drafting three running backs was not a reflection of any new concern about the health of Thomas Rawls. Asked if Rawls will be ready by the opening of the season he said “that’s our anticipation.’’
— Asked about the backup quarterback situation, Schneider again confirmed the signing of TCU’s Trevone Boykin and also gave what is the first team confirmation on Vernon Adams trying out saying they are “bringing in Vernon Adams to work out this weekend.’’ He also mentioned the signing of Jake Heaps. Schneider added that “T-Jack (Tarvaris Jackson) is still out there so we’ll see what happens at that position.’’