By John Boyle
Seahawks general manager John Schneider went on 710 ESPN Seattle before the start of Friday’s practice, and as you’d expect, he was asked about Marshawn Lynch’s decision to hold out.
“Obviously we don’t talk about people’s contracts,” Schneider said. “We love Marshawn, he’s made a decision not to be here. We’re excited about all the guys who are here. We had a great offseason, everybody’s working their tails off.”
So Schneider wouldn’t talk about the negotiations that are or aren’t happening right now, but he did say this about Lynch:
“The thing I will say about it, and again I don’t want to get too deep in this, we have a plan in place for several years. Just two years ago Marshawn was one of the first guys we were able to reward in terms of this plan moving forward, and along the way you have to make tough decisions. We went into the offseason with a specific plan feeling good about the guys we were able to reward, then there’s also tough decisions we had to make in terms of guys not being here like Breno (Giacomini) and Red Bryant and Clemons, we miss those guys, we wish they were part of our team, Golden, I don’t want to miss anybody who was here last year. First day of camp you’re missing those guys, but there’s a specific plan in place here and it’s my responsibility to Mr. Allen and the fans to try to provide a consistent championship-caliber team, one the fans feel has a shot every year. Coach Carroll and his staff do a great job teaching young players and getting them ready to play, and it’s our responsibility to keep our plan in place in terms of being able to move forward.”
In other words, the Seahawks have a plan, and more money for Lynch probably isn’t part of it. That phrase “responsibility to keep our plan in place” doesn’t mean Lynch won’t get a dime, but it certainly points to the Seahawks sticking to their guns with the big picture in mind.