Attention Seahawks: You need to trade Marshawn Lynch.
With Seahawks training camp beginning in exactly one week, the NFL’s Silly Season is almost over. This means, of course, it’s time to let your wildest SFW Seahawks dreams see the light of day. As a devout Seahawks fan in Oakland, with a place in my heart for the Raiders, this is mine.
With both Robert Turbin and 2013 second-round pick Christine Michael enjoying high praise this offseason, running back is not a position of need for this squad. Add to the mix Lynch’s hint that he may holdout over contract concerns, and Seahawks fans have to admit: the front-office would be stupid for not considering its future with Lynch. And this front office is not stupid.
With Lynch’s contract running through 2015, it’s widely perceived that the Hawks will move on for younger talent atop the depth chart after this season. If the Hawks made a move now, allowing another team to lock Lynch in for his final two seasons before reaching the age of 30, this may be Seattle’s final opportunity to collect some draft picks in exchange for Lynch’s contract. Trading Lynch would also help the Seahawks dodge a 2015 cap penalty of $1.5 million, by avoiding the anticipated cut from their roster after this season.
In addition to not needing Lynch any longer, and the likelihood of saving a bit of money from cutting him next year, the Seahawks under Pete Carroll and John Schneider (PCJS) are notoriously greedy for draft picks. As Kenneth S. Arthur has noted over at Field Gulls, the Hawks have traded more than half of their draft picks away, under PCJS — many of those trades being for more draft picks.
So why not score some draft picks for Lynch while they still can?