Seahawks GM: 'No idea' if Marshawn Lynch will play next season
Schneider repeated his stance from last week on Lynch's future when he said, "Whether or not he wants to play next year, I can't answer that."
Lynch, 28, rushed for 1,306 yards and led the league with 17 combined touchdowns last season. He ran for 318 yards and a pair of scores in the playoffs, including 102 in the Seahawks 28-24 loss to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX.
"Everybody needs time away, especially at that position and the way he runs the ball. A little time to hit the reset button. I’ve talked to his people a bunch, he knows we want him to play," Schneider said, according to Pro Football Talk.
Lynch is scheduled to make $5 million next season, along with a roster bonus of $2 million in the final season of a four-year, $31 million deal.
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said that the team and Lynch have been trying to negotiate a new contract extension for a while, with NFL.com reporting that Seattle offered Lynch a contract that will pay him more than $10 million in 2015.
In eight NFL seasons, Lynch, a five-time Pro Bowl back, has rushed for 8,695 yards with 71 touchdowns and caught 239 passes for 1,899 yards and nine other touchdowns.
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