Seattle general manager John Schneider certainly livened up an otherwise slow sports day with his comments this morning about Marshawn Lynch and that the team still doesn’t know if he plans to play next season.
Along with the earlier blog post, I also wrote this story for the Wednesday paper wrapping up what he said, a story that inevitably touches on most of the same material.
One addition is that we did get a text message from Lynch’s agent, Doug Hendrickson, saying simply that he had no comment on what Schneider had to say today.
I certainly wouldn’t read anything into that since agents often don’t talk during the process and Lynch is obviously more private than almost anyone else anyway. But I pass that along as an acknowledgement that we did try to find out if the Lynch side had anything yet to say publicly and that they don’t.
I think the conventional wisdom is still that Lynch plays next season, and does so for the Seahawks. But this could also be a situation cloaked in some mystery until the very minute there is a definitive resolution.
— As for what Schneider said about Russell Wilson, here are two thoughts:
1. His comment about doing things outside the box seems to have been taken in a lot of places as being the same as Wilson agreeing to a hometown discount (I initially wrote that in the blog post before quickly reconsidering after thinking about it for a few minutes). But I’m not sure that’s necessarily the case. While Wilson I’m sure will do everything he can to help the team, I also can’t imagine Wilson still won’t want pretty close to what his market value is. Outside the box could just mean more of doing everything possible to make the contract as cap friendly for Seattle as can be, with Wilson being a rare player who can view his future with the team through a pretty wide lens.
Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com threw out this idea today of what outside the box might mean — specifically, a fully guaranteed contract that would get Wilson signed at a lower immediate cap number. Regardless, I think I’d hold off on the assumption that outside the box is one and the same as a hometown discount.
2. Schneider’s comment that some dominoes have to fall also seems to me to mean that the deal with Wilson may not be getting done real soon. I could be wrong, or things simply could change, but that’s how I took that, especially recalling how things evolved last year.
As we were able to figure out a few steps into it, the Seahawks had a pretty carefully constructed plan with the dominoes falling in a fairly pre-determined order — Michael Bennett and other unrestricted free agents first, then the big-ticket extensions for Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman, and then an extension for restricted free agent Doug Baldwin.
Again, I might be reading that wrong. But his wording there struck me that the team may have to figure out a few other things (Lynch, maybe being one of them) before being able to get the deal done with Wilson.
— Finally, Schneider spoke confidently of the future of the team, saying he thinks it will bounce back in the right way, citing the San Antonio Spurs loss to Miami in the NBA Finals in 2013 only to come back and beat the Heat last year (and he could have picked any number of similar examples as the sports world is full of stories of teams who suffered heartbreak one year and triumph the next).
Richard Sherman joined in that chorus tonight:
"When you've got something to prove, there's nothing greater than a challenge." Thank you12s. We'll be back pic.twitter.com/8I2ZXHliA0
— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) February 10, 2015