Rapopoport points to Lynch’s 2016 salary of $9 million along with the emergence of Thomas Rawls in recent weeks as two reasons why Seattle could, at least, consider the idea of moving on from Lynch next year.
Lynch underwent sports-hernia surgery Wednesday morning, and Seahawks HC Pete Carroll said that he could be out 3-4 weeks.
However, Rapoport mentions that a more “realistic” timetable for Lynch is closer to 4-5 weeks. This would allow him to return towards the end of December.
Lynch, 29, is in the first year of his three-year, $31 million contract that included $12 million guaranteed. He’ll make a base salary of $4.5 million this season and another $9 million in 2016.
According to OverTheCap.com, releasing Lynch next year would free up $6.5 million in cap space for the Seahawks while creating $5 million in dead money.
This season, Lynch has ran for 417 yards on 111 carries (3.8 YPC) to go along with 13 receptions for 80 yards receiving and three total touchdowns over the course of seven games.
We’ll have more regarding Lynch’s future with the Seahawks as the news is available.