The Seahawks’ No. 24 just got even more valued.
Doug Baldwin and friends just got happier.
General manager John Schneider told 710-AM radio in Seattle on Monday morning that one of the last things he told Marshawn Lynch on the running back’s way out of Seattle and the NFL and into retiring that no Seattle player will wear Lynch’s jersey number in 2016.
“One of my last conversations with Marshawn was that no one was going to wear 24 this year, in the regular season,” Schneider told the “Brock and Salk” radio show. “
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Saturday, Baldwin had tweeted what the team’s top wide receiver wanted the franchise to do with Lynch’s jersey number and signed it “The Players” to represent the entire Seahawks’ locker room.
“I appreciate his input, though,” Schneider joked of Baldwin. “Glad he wants to contribute to, you know, us distributing jersey numbers, too.”
Some will notice Schneider said only “this year” about no one wearing Lynch’s number. But then again, maybe the GM can only commit so much until Lynch officially retires.
Schneider said Saturday immediately following the draft Lynch still hasn’t submitted his official retirement papers to the Seahawks or the NFL. But coach Pete Carroll said that Lynch was indeed “committed” to retiring.
Lynch got noticed internationally for tweeting his retirement in his own, unique way during the Super Bowl in February:
Here is all that Schneider said Monday on the radio about the draft and the team’s 13 signed undrafted free agents: