The Seahawks aren’t going to wait for Marshawn Lynch to make himself officially retired.
General manager John Schneider said on Seattle’s KJR-AM radio station Tuesday the team intends to place the star running back on the reserve/retired list prior to June 1. That will mean his $5 million charge against the Seahawks’ salary cap will all count in 2016. If Seattle put him on the list after June 1, it could have divided the cap charge equally between this year and next.
Schneider told KJR’s Mitch Levy the team can place Lynch on the reserve/retired list whether or not he submits his retirement papers to the NFL by June 1.
Schneider said Saturday after the draft ended Lynch had still yet to submit that paperwork — though coach Pete Carroll emphasized Lynch was “committed to being retired.”
Schneider likened the decision on accounting for the final two years on Lynch’s contract and its signing bonus to paying off a credit card balance as soon as possible.
“You want to pay off your credit card as you go,” the GM told KJR. “So like with us, if we place him on reserve/retired then we accept that cap hit this year. And we would rather do that than do it after June 1.”
Asked to clarify the team didn’t want to be charged $2.5 million for Lynch against this year’s and 2017’s cap, Schneider said: “Exactly.”
FORMER STARTING C NOWAK WAIVED
Remember when Drew Nowak was the Seahawks’ starting center?
They barely do, too.
On Wednesday, the team waived the undrafted college defensive lineman.
The 26-year-old Nowak was one of five players the Seahawks placed on league waivers. That keeps the offseason roster at the maximum of 90 following Seattle drafting 10 players last weekend.
The Seahawks haven’t announced what is believed to be 13 players they have signed as undrafted free agents for rookie minicamp, which begins Friday.
Nowak was the Seahawks’ surprise starter out of training camp last summer, months after the team traded two-time Pro Bowl center Max Unger to New Orleans for tight end Jimmy Graham. Nowak’s first five NFL games were his starts to begin last season. He started seven games in all, and had issues in getting the four other blockers on the same page with the correct line calls.
The Seahawks allowed 31 sacks in the first seven games of 2015. Patrick Lewis then replaced Nowak and — voila! — Russell Wilson began getting pass protection on his way to becoming the first Seahawk to throw for 4,000 yards in a season.
This is the second time in five months the Seahawks have waived Nowak. No one claimed him in December, and he returned to finish the regular season on Seattle’s practice squad.
Seattle also waived Josh Shirley, a former Washington Huskies defensive end whose college career ended at UNLV. He spent time last season with Tampa Bay before the Seahawks signed him to a futures contract in January.
IFEDI ALREADY MOVED
After drafting Germain Ifedi 31st overall in the first round last week, Carroll said the Texas A&M tackle would begin at right tackle.
This week, Carroll and Schneider have gone on Sirius satellite radio nationally and KJR radio locally to state Ifedi is going compete for a job at right guard.
That was J.R. Sweezy’s spot until he left in March for big free-agent bucks from Tampa Bay.
Right tackle has come open with Garry Gilliam, last season’s starter there, moving to left tackle — as photos of veteran workouts on the field this week showed. Veteran left tackle Russell Okung left for Denver in free agency.
Ifedi playing right guard would leave a prime opportunity for J’Marcus Webb to play right tackle. In March, Seattle signed Webb, a former starting guard and tackle for Oakland and left tackle for Chicago, to a two-year contract with $2.75 million guaranteed.
Photos from the team website during veteran workouts on the field this week also showed 2015 rookie Mark Glowinski playing left guard. That was Justin Britt’s job last season. Britt started in 2014 at right tackle. Glowinski started for the injured Sweezy at right guard in the regular-season finale at Arizona. … The rookie minicamp is Friday, Saturday and Sunday at team headquarters.
Gregg Bell: @gbellseattle