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July 29, 2014 at 11:30 AM

GM John Schneider: Seahawks can’t veer from plan with Lynch

Seahawks general manager John Schneider talked with ESPN’s John Clayton during Tuesday’s training camp, which ESPN is airing live. Clayton asked him about Lynch, who is still a no-show at training camp, as well as about quarterback Russell Wilson and his plans for the future. Here’s the transcript below:

Are you getting concerned about Lynch? “You know, no. Everybody loves Beast Mode. We love him and respect the guy. I think what he’s done in this community, for this franchise, is outstanding. It’s one of those deals where you can never get inside somebody’s head. We’re just going with our plan, and I know it’s cliché-ish but next man up. We’ve had a plan in place here for a number of years, and we can’t veer from that plan for one person because it’s the ultimate team sport.”

Gives us examples of what that plan is? “Well, tough decisions. You make models two and three years out, and you have to stick to that and know that there’s going to be tough decisions along the way. We had to let guys like Red Bryant go, Chris Clemons, we weren’t able to sign Breno (Giacomini), Golden Tate. You have to be able to make those decisions along the way knowing you’ll be able to re-sign Michael Bennett and maybe there’s a free agent that comes in and fits in your bracket. It’s just one of those deals where you have to keep going about your business, and you can’t veer off of that. Around here we talk about what’s next, and the next person is up. That being said, last year we went through this with Brandon Browner. He had his deal, and (Byron Maxwell) got his opportunity. Hey, Marshawn Lynch is phenomenal. Phenomenal player and just a unique part of what we’ve had going on here. Two years ago we were able to redo his deal, and he was a big part of that foundation that we started here.”

You were essentially able to get Richard Sherman done. You were able to do a deal with Earl Thomas, Michael Bennett. Talk about those signings. “Going into the offseason we knew we were going to have guys, and we still have a number of guys that we’d like to get done headed toward next year that are going to be free agents. Now, you can’t keep all your guys. We know that. That’s the landscape that we live in in the national football league. But we feel blessed that we’re able to get Earl done, get Sherm done, re-sign Michael, Doug Baldwin. The guys that we’re going to next, they know. We just have to be true to our word and keep trying to work those deals.”

Let’s talk about next. Russell Wilson comes up next year for the possibility of signing and will probably end up being one of the highest paid quarterbacks. (Schneider laughs). “No, absolutely. Russell Wilson is a heck of a quarterback; I’m trying to do my Gruden. But, no, he’s going to be up, and we’ll see how that goes and how that plays out. I try not to think about that right now at the present moment, John. Thanks.”

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