RENTON Marshawn Lynch still hasn’t submitted his official retirement papers to the Seahawks or the NFL.
And his now-former team has no idea when he will.
I asked general manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll following the completion of the 2016 draft Saturday if, since Lynch technically is still on the Seahawks’ roster at a cap charge of $11 million for this year, is there any way Lynch will play for Seattle this year?
“Too obvious a question. We’re not going to answer that,” Carroll said initially.
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“He’s riding camels and stuff right now,” Schneider said, referring to this comedy during the star running back’s football goodwill tour of Egypt in late February:
Then Carroll added: “He’s committed to being retired.”
Lynch famously tweeted his retirement during February’s Super Bowl:
When the former All-Pro running back officially is matters to Seattle’s salary cap for 2016. If Lynch does it before June 1 and the team turns it in before then, Lynch will count $5 million against the Seahawks’ cap this year. That’s the remaining two years of prorated on his signing bonus from his contract extension he got before the 2015 season. If Lynch submits official retirement papers and/or the Seahawks turn those into the league after June 1, Seattle can spread that $5 million cap charge evenly over this year and 2017, a $2.5 million charge each year.
Schneider said the team has made financial plans for a pre-June 1 retirement for Lynch and for a post-June 1 retirement.
Asked if he had an idea when Lynch will finally make his retirement officially official, the GM said flatly: “No.”
So basically they are just waiting, with no idea when he will actually do the official deed.
But Carroll -- and Schneider, through his humorous camel reference -- made it clear Lynch will indeed be retired for the 2016 season.