“Everything I’m being told by people involved in the situation, nothing has changed with the Seahawks’ plans to part ways with Marshawn Lynch after the season,” Rapoport said on GameDay Morning.
Interestingly enough, Rapoport mentions that the Seahawks could target Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon in next year’s draft as Robert Turbin and Christine Michael haven’t shown any signs of being a workhorse back.
“Neither of those guys have turned into franchise backs,” Rapoport said of Turbin and Michael. “… I would expect them to target a running back high in the draft. Pay attention to Melvin Gordon, who just set the national rushing record. He’s from Wisconsin, (Seahawks GM) John Schneider (is) from Wisconsin …”
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported a few weeks ago that “almost nobody — including Lynch — expects the running back to be on the roster in 2015,” so this figures to be a popular offseason topic.
Lynch, 28, has one year remaining on his four-year, $31 million contract that included $17 million guaranteed. He’ll make a base salary of $5 million next year to go along with his $8.5 million cap figure.
The Seahawks could free up $4.5 million in cap space next year by parting ways with Lynch, according to OverTheCap.com.
Lynch has ran for 689 yards on 153 carries (4.3 YPC) and has scored 12 total touchdowns over the course of nine games. Lynch currently rates as the No. 1 running back in the league, according to Pro Football Focus.