RENTON — Seahawks general manager John Schneider, in an appearance on ESPN 710 Seattle radio this morning — the team’s flagship station — said running back Marshawn Lynch has “made a decision not to be here” as training camp starts today.
And while he said he would not talk specifics about Lynch’s issues with his contract, Schneider’s comments seemed to confirm what has been reported here and elsewhere — that the team isn’t real interested in giving Lynch a new deal.
Schneider noted that the team has had a financial plan in place “for several years” and that it was “just two years ago Marshawn was one of our first guys we were able to reward in terms of this plan going forward.”
Schneider further noted that the team has to make “tough decisions” every year and referred to many of the players the team had to let go during the off-season — such as Red Bryant, Chris Clemons and Golden Tate — to create the cap space to reward others (such as the new deals to Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas).
“There is a specific plan in place here and it’s my responsibility to (owner Paul Allen) and the fans to try to provide a consistent championship-caliber football team, one that the fans feel we have a shot every year,” Schneider said.
He then added that coach Pete Carroll and his staff “do a good job of teaching young players and getting them ready to play” and enabling the team to move forward.
Asked if he would be comfortable going into the season with Christine Michael and Robert Turbin at tailback, Schneider said “I think it’s a fair question. But I think obviously Marshawn Lynch is a heck of a running back, you know what I mean? But it’s just like we had players at different positions, like last year we ran into the deal with Brandon Browner and (Byron) Maxwell steps up and has to go. … I think that the players and teammates think that they are comfortable with the next player. And that’s no disrespect to Marshawn — everybody knows what he can do.”