Seahawks general manager John Schneider again said that he has “no idea” if running back Marshawn Lynch will return to play next season. Lynch is entering the final season of his contract.
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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