Seattle Seahawks

General manager told Marshawn Lynch no Seahawk will wear No. 24 this season

Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch sits for a news conference before Super Bowl 49. Lynch was promised by the Seahawks no one would wear his No. 24 for the first season after his retirement.
Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch sits for a news conference before Super Bowl 49. Lynch was promised by the Seahawks no one would wear his No. 24 for the first season after his retirement. AP file, 2015

The Seahawks’ No. 24 just got even more valued.

Doug Baldwin and friends in Seattle’s locker room just got happier.

General manager John Schneider said on 710-AM radio Monday morning that he told Marshawn Lynch on the running back’s way out of the NFL and into retirement that no Seahawks player will wear Lynch’s jersey number in 2016.

“One of my last conversations with Marshawn was that no one was going to wear 24 this year in the regular season,” Schneider said on the morning show “Brock and Salk.”

Baldwin, the team’s top wide receiver, tweeted this past Saturday what he wanted the franchise to do with Lynch’s jersey number. Baldwin signed his message “The Players” to apparently represent the consensus of the Seahawks’ roster.

“Dear @PeteCarroll, We are thrilled with the new teammates. One condition. Nobody wears #24 for years to come. Sincerely, The Players,” Baldwin tweeted.

“I appreciate his input, though,” Schneider said. “Glad he wants to contribute to, you know, us distributing jersey numbers, too.”

Some will notice Schneider said only this season about no one wearing Lynch’s number. Then again, maybe the GM can only commit so much until Lynch officially retires.

Schneider said Saturday that Lynch still hasn’t submitted his official retirement papers to the Seahawks or the NFL. But coach Pete Carroll said that Lynch was indeed “committed” to retiring.

Lynch got a lot of notice internationally for tweeting his retirement in his own, unique way during the Super Bowl in February: with only a picture of his spikes hanging from a telephone wire.

HEAPS SIGNS AS UDFA

Jake Heaps, the former nationally-renowned quarterback for Skyline High School in the Seattle suburb of Sammamish, tweeted a picture of himself at Seahawks headquarters Monday wearing a visitor’s badge and signing a contract as an undrafted free agent.

“I'm officially a Seattle Seahawk! Truly a dream come true & blessing to play for my hometown @Seahawks #GoHawks,” Heaps posted online.

Heaps’ college career was full of travel but not sustained success. He originally signed with Brigham Young and started 13 games his freshman season and played most of his sophomore season before losing the starting job. He transferred to Kansas in 2012, sat out that season, threw eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 11 games for the Jayhawks in 2013, then transferred to Miami. He played in only four games as a backup in 2014 for the Hurricanes.

So his signing is like that of most rookie free agents: based upon possible potential rather than on past performance.

Heaps will be one of three quarterbacks at Seattle’s rookie mini camp Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Schneider confirmed Monday the team had signed former Texas Christian QB Trevone Boykin as an undrafted free agent. Former Oregon and Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams is reportedly coming for a tryout this weekend, too.

EXTRA POINTS

Schneider also said on 710-AM that the Seahawks will try third-round draft choice Rees Odhiambo at left guard. Odhiambo was a left tackle for Boise State who endured three injury-prone seasons, especially to his ankles. Justin Britt was the starting left tackle last season for Seattle, after starting at right tackle as a rookie in the 2014 season. … Schneider said the Seahawks signed undrafted free agent Brandin Bryant, a 289-pound defensive tackle from Florida Atlantic with 4.8-second speed in the 40-yard dash — with the intent to try him at fullback. Seattle’s fullbacks from last season, Derrick Coleman and Will Tukuafu, had their contracts expire and are free agents.

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