Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider has urged star running back Marshawn Lynch to make his mind up over his future in the NFL.
Lynch's future with the Seahawks is still up in the air despite a huge new contract offer from Seattle last month. Lynch is currently on a $5 million deal but reports still suggest he might retire before the start of the 2015 NFL season.
Reluctant to let arguably the NFL's most powerful back retire while he's still in his prime, Seattle offered Lynch a $10 million a year deal in an attempt to keep him sweet.
But Lynch hasn't responded and speaking with the Seattle Times on Tuesday, Seahawks GM John Schneider explained that he has no idea what Lynch is currently thinking, explaining that Lynch “needs to find out where he’s at” so the Seahawks can plan ahead.
“Whether or not he wants to play next year, I can’t answer that,” Schneider told the Seattle Times. “I don’t know if he knows at this juncture.”
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Last offseason, Lynch wanted an improved contract with the Seahawks but Schneider remained firm somewhat and didn't offer Lynch a new deal. Lynch was, however, given an additional $1.5 million in concessions.
Can't wait much longer
But another long season coupled with another trip to the Super Bowl has probably put paid to any plans Lynch had of making a quick decision on his future this time around. Schneider has empathy for Lynch's indecision so close to the end of the season, but he says that he would like a firm answer soon.
“It’s hard for these guys. We’ve played a lot of football these last two years, and especially the way this guy runs the ball. It’s taxing on his body," Schneider added.
"And so he needs to reset himself and get in that mind frame of ‘okay, I’m ready to get moving here again and get prepared for another season of this.’ And so obviously we’d like to have a decision as quickly as we could so we can move forward. But we’d love to have him back.”