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Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider doesn’t want the team’s parting of ways with All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman and Pro Bowl defensive end Michael Bennett, among others, to be mistaken for a rebuild.

“It’s a constant reset every single year, it doesn’t stop,” Schneider said Friday, according to Stacy Frost of 710 ESPN Seattle. “When I say ‘reset’, people are like, ‘well, it’s a rebuild.’ We’re not rebuilding; it’s just a reset.”

Schneider said the offseason departures are not unlike previous roster turnovers that allowed Sherman and others to emerge as the household names that made up the ‘Legion of Boom’ defense that competed in back-to-back Super Bowls, winning SB XLVIII.

“I’m telling you, man, there’s a lot of good young football players that people don’t know about. Tedric Thompson was one of our best special teams players this last year. He didn’t get to play much at strong safety. Kam (Chancellor) was one of our best special teams players the first year he played. He didn’t get to play strong safety because Lawyer (Milloy) was here. Trust the process, man,” Schneider said.

Chancellor and defensive end Cliff Avril remain uncertain for the upcoming season due to career-threatening injury concerns.



After an offseason when Richard Sherman was placed on the trade block, Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider has refuted the notion of a deteriorating relationship between the club and their star cornerback.

Sherman earned his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl nod, but his season was marred by controversy. He openly ripped into head coach Pete Carroll and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell for their playcalling during a Dec. 15 victory over the Los Angeles Rams. Sherman then threatened to revoke a reporter’s credential when he asked Sherman about the incident.

It didn’t stop there, however. In May, Sherman emerged as the central component of a bombshell story that alleged he’d thrown numerous tantrums since losing Super Bowl XLIX and hurled expletives at Russell Wilson in practice.

Sherman, Michael Bennett, and a handful of Seahawks denied the veracity of the story.

“We were never, ever in a bad place,” Schneider said on 710 ESPN Seattle, per Bob Condotta from the Seattle Times.

Both parties have moved on, focusing on the upcoming season, although recent history suggests Schneider may not be altogether truthful regarding Sherman.


Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is no longer on the trade block.

Sherman has been the subject of rampant trade discussion, with the New England Patriots reportedly interested in acquiring the four-time Pro Bowler.

Seahawks general manager John Schneider revealed on April 20 that a deal would be unlikely, and head coach Pete Carroll doubled down on that Thursday by stating there’s no chance of Sherman being traded.

“People can always call you, and there were some people, there were some conversations. I don’t think they’re going to change. I don’t think anybody’s going to offer us anything that would make it worthwhile, because there’s no draft involved and all that kind of stuff. But that’s always out there. There’s always opportunities to trade,” Carroll said on 710 ESPN Seattle.

“But the likelihood is like zero percent, it seems like. Teams don’t want to give up stuff. They don’t want to trade at times like this, and it’s really hard to navigate through a trade with experienced players during draft time. It just doesn’t happen very often.”

Carroll said that every player on the Seahawks’ roster is available for the right price, however, indicating that the offers for Sherman were substandard.

“Everybody on our team is available to somebody that wants to come get them if they want to trade for them,” the coach said.

“We don’t want to trade guys. We want to keep our guys. But we have to in an effort to always work to be better and help our team. We’ve got to listen and all that. So we went through that process. There was very open conversation about that. There was no animosity at all.”


RENTON, Wash. – Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider says the team has not received retirement paperwork for running back Marshawn Lynch.

After the conclusion of the draft Saturday, Schneider said the paperwork has not been filed with the league, but the Seahawks are prepared from a salary cap standpoint whether Lynch’s retirement becomes official before or after June 1.

Asked if he knew when those papers would be filed, Schneider said, ”No. I really don’t. Your guess is as good as mine.”

Coach Pete Carroll reiterated that Lynch is retired and not planning to play this year: ”He’s committed to being retired.”

Lynch announced his intentions to retire during the second half of the Super Bowl, posting a picture on social media. He’s spent some of the offseason in Egypt at a football camp and in Haiti on a relief mission.


Marshawn Lynch may be ready to call it quits.

Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider said he’s under the impression that Lynch is “leaning toward retirement” during a Friday appearance on ESPN 710.

Lynch flirted with retirement last offseason as well, but ended up signing a two-year, $24-million contract extension with the Seahawks in March. If he does retire, Lynch would owe the team $5 million in bonus money, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.

“Don’t know at this point. If you put a gun to my head I would say he’s leaning toward retirement but with him, you don’t know,” Schneider said, according to Dave Mahler of Sportsradio 950 KJR.

Schneider added, “If he were to come back and wanted to play, sure, we’d have to adjust some things.”

Lynch turns 30 this year and is coming off an injury-plagued season in which he was limited to seven games and averaged just 3.8 yards per carry – the second-lowest output of his career.

The veteran running back also counts for $11.5 million against Seattle’s salary cap in 2016, while rookie Thomas Rawls carries a cap hit of just $530,000.

With just one year remaining on his rookie contract, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is in line to receive a sizable, long-term extension at some point this offseason.

As general manager John Schneider said Tuesday on 710 ESPN Seattle, the two sides have already begun negotiating towards a new deal.

“We are going to do what’s best for the organization,” Schneider said. “That’s the No. 1 thing. I think Russell Wilson wants to win championships. Russell knows there are certain dominoes that have to fall in place. He knows it. He gets it. He wants to win for a long time.”

After three highly successful seasons as the starting quarterback, helping the Seahawks to consecutive Super Bowl appearances, multiple reports have indicated that Wilson could become the league’s highest-paid quarterback.

Though Schneider wouldn’t indicate whether or not the team will go that far, as the recent trend of quarterback contracts would suggest, the Seahawks appear to have a plan in place.

“I’ve talked to his agent (Mark Rodgers),” Schneider said. “I’m not going to get into specifics of contract negotiations other than to say that we’re going to do what’s best for this organization, and that doesn’t mean you do exactly what everybody else has done around the league. I think we’ve proven we do things in the manner we want to attack it.”

While Wilson’s statistical production doesn’t yet match that of some other top quarterbacks around the league, his overall presence and big-play ability have played key roles in the Seahawks becoming a perennial Super Bowl contender.

Regardless of the contract terms, ensuring that Wilson remains in a Seahawks uniform for the foreseeable future is by far the team’s most important offseason task.