Seahawks waiting on Marshawn Lynch, Raiders to reach deal
RENTON – The Seahawks are still in wait-and-see mode with Beast Mode.
As in, wait and see if Marshawn Lynch will agree to a deal with the Raiders, which would be a necessary step in Seattle trading the running back’s rights to Oakland.
“Nothing really new,” Seahawks general manager John Schneider said Monday. “They’re still talking. And then the steps after that (would) be that if they came to an agreement, that (Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie) and I would discuss a form of compensation.”
Lynch has been in discussions with the Raiders about coming out of retirement to play for his hometown team. The Seahawks control his rights, though, because he was still under contract for two more years when he retired after the 2015 season. That contract included a $9 million base salary for 2017, which is more than Oakland or any other team would want to pay a running back who just turned 31 (as Lynch did over the weekend) and was out of football all last season.
Schneider said previously that his close relationship with McKenzie, with whom he worked in the Packers’ front office, would make for smooth trade discussions with Oakland. But that hinges on Lynch and the Raiders agreeing to a deal first.
McKenzie told reporters last week that he’d prefer a resolution to the situation one way or another before the draft, which begins Thursday.
“Yeah, I would think Reggie would want to go into the draft knowing that they have another runner or not,” Schneider said.
More from Schneider’s media availability on Monday:
• Asked about the role the team envisions for free-agent addition Dion Jordan, Schneider said Jordan has the ability to slide inside to rush the passer in addition to playing defensive end. But it doesn’t sound like Seattle views Jordan as a candidate at strong-side linebacker. Said Schneider: “He’s a little heavier now, so we’re planning on playing him along the defensive line. We’ve always thought he was a heck of an inside rusher, too. He’s always had the speed off the edge, he’s got the length, he has a natural feel for working guys edges and stuff. Defensive line, whether it’s end or 5 or 3 (technique), maybe some Leo as well, I’m not quite sure. But at this point it looks like defensive line.”
• Schneider said this when asked about the decision to not match the 49ers’ offer for right tackle Garry Gilliam, a restricted free agent who started 29 games over the past two seasons: “Yeah, it was a decision we talked about. (Coach Pete Carroll) and I talked about how there might be an opportunity for him and we just felt at this point in time, we didn’t want to drag it out for him so we felt like it was in our best interest to just not match it and move forward at that position.”
• Asked about backup quarterback Trevone Boykin’s legal troubles over the offseason, Schneider clarified that his second arrest wasn’t the result of a new incident but instead related to the first one, a March car accident in Dallas. He said the Seahawks would like to bring in a third quarterback for competition over the offseason.