GM John Schneider, speaking at the NFL combine, said the team has yet to hear from the running back about whether he plans to play in 2015.
INDIANAPOLIS — Seahawks general manager John Schneider likes to say there is no finish line in football.
Whether you win or lose a Super Bowl in the final seconds, the task the next day is the same — to begin putting together a team to win the next one.
“You are always chasing something,’’ Schneider said Thursday as he spoke with media at the NFL combine.
Combine at a glance
What happened: Quarterbacks, receivers and running backs were weighed and measured and met the media.
The big story: On-field drills don’t start until Friday. So a weighing drew the most attention — a recording of receiver Dorial Green-Beckham at 237 pounds. Beckham sat out last season while attending Oklahoma before deciding to declare for the draft, after having been kicked off the team at Missouri for legal issues. But his size — he stands 6 feet 5 — marks him as the most physically imposing receiver available in the draft. Many quickly noticed he has almost the same measurements as Detroit’s Calvin Johnson — who is 6-5, 236 — a player who many compare his style with as well.
What’s next: Defensive linemen and linebackers arrive Friday to be weighed and measured and meet the media, and on-field testing begins for offensive linemen, tight ends and specialists.
Player spotlight: Jamison Crowder of Duke is one of the smaller receivers in the draft at 5-8 and 195 pounds. But many regard him as one of the faster risers in the draft due to his toughness, route running and versatility. He also projects as a kick and punt returner, an area in which the Seahawks have some uncertainty. Crowder said Thursday the Seahawks were one of the teams he met with Wednesday night and at the Senior Bowl. “It went well, pretty much the same as the other meetings, just getting a feel for the scouting and the coaching,’’ he said.
What the Seahawks do hope comes to an end soon, though, is the uncertainty over the future of running back Marshawn Lynch.
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Schneider said the team has yet to hear from Lynch about whether he plans to play in 2015 and reiterated much of what he said in two radio interviews last week.
“I think everybody needs time away, especially at that position and the way he runs the ball,’’ Schneider said. “Time to hit the reset button. I’ve talked to his people a bunch, his representatives. He knows we want him to play.”
Schneider’s reference to the punishing style with which Lynch runs also highlights what is thought to be one of the key factors in Lynch’s decision — his health.
For the past two years, Lynch, who will turn 29 in April, has regularly sat out practices due to chronic back issues.
Asked if it would shock him if Lynch retires, Schneider said: “You know … not really. He’s a guy that kind of just beats to his own drum. He does what he wants, and he would never let you know one way or the other. A lot of great running backs have just walked away. So I have no idea.”
The team also went through much of last offseason unclear if Lynch would be back, as he skipped voluntary workouts and held out the first eight days of training camp.
The team doesn’t want uncertainty to linger this year, however, knowing that if Lynch were to hang it up it would need to add some players at tailback.
“We’d like to know soon,’’ Schneider said. “Like I said, I’ve talked to his people. They know.”
Asked if there is a strict deadline, Schneider said, “Not for public knowledge.’’
If Lynch returns — and the conventional wisdom at the combine remains that he will — it would be with a new contract that will add years but likely lower the projected $8.5 million salary-cap hit for 2015 of his current deal, a four-year contract signed in 2012.
If any of Lynch’s indecision is in part a negotiating tactic, though, no one is saying.
Asked if Lynch has given any specific indication he won’t return, Schneider said no.
“But I was asked a question if it would surprise me, and it wouldn’t, just based on the individual,’’ he said.
If Lynch were to decide against playing for Seattle in 2015, Schneider said the team would “have to adjust. But we have to do that at every position. So we constantly have models and plans for what is coming, and we’d just have to move forward with Plan B.’’
One of those plans would be to turn the job over to the tandem of Robert Turbin and Christine Michael.
“I like both of those guys,’’ Schneider said. “They just haven’t had a ton of opportunities yet.’’
The Seahawks, though, also could turn to the draft in a year that is regarded as particularly deep at running back. Two players — Georgia’s Todd Gurley and Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon — could be selected in the first round, becoming the first running backs to go that early since 2012.
“I think that’s a possibility,’’ Arizona coach Bruce Arians said, echoing a common thought.
Solidifying Lynch’s future is just one of several big tasks for Seattle right now.
Another is attempting to work out an extension with quarterback Russell Wilson, with some theorizing he could be in line for a contract that would pay him $20 million or more per season.
Schneider said Thursday there is “no timeline’’ for getting a deal done with Wilson and described the discussions as ongoing.
“I’ve talked to his people,’’ he said. “They know where we are at (in the negotiations).’’