1. Lane needs more surgery: Along with the horrible arm fracture nickelback Jeremy Lane suffered after his interception in the Super Bowl, he also injured a knee and will need surgery that could cause him to miss the start of the 2015 season. Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider told reporters Thursday that Lane injured his knee on the same play.
2. Thomas could miss part of training camp and the 2015 preseason: Schneider said free safety Earl Thomas hasn’t had the surgery yet to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder, but the rehab probably will cause Thomas to miss part of training camp and the preseason. But Schneider thinks Thomas will be ready to go by the start of the regular season. Schneider said they still don’t know if strong safety Kam Chancellor will need knee surgery on his torn MCL. Schneider said it’s “iffy” that wide receiver Paul Richardson will be ready to play for the start of next season after undergoing ACL surgery last month.
3. Still no decision from Lynch: Schneider said it’s still a waiting game on whether running back Marshawn Lynch will play in 2015 or retire. “He’s a guy that kind of just beats his own drum,” Schneider said. “He does what he wants. He would never let you know one way or the other. There have been a lot of great running backs who just walked away. I have no idea. We’d like to know soon.”
4. Maxwell could be a goner: Schneider admits it will be tough to keep free agent cornerback Byron Maxwell. “Byron’s one of ours and it would be hard to see him leave, but I would think his market would be pretty strong,” Schneider said. With Maxwell’s possible departure and all the injuries in the secondary, expect for the Seahawks to look hard at cornerbacks and safeties in the draft.
5. No franchise tag: Not a surprise, but Schneider confirmed Thursday that the Seahawks will not use a franchise tag on anyone this year. They have two big-money contracts on the horizon, the likely $100 million deal for quarterback Russell Wilson and a new contract for middle linebacker Bobby Wagner that could exceed $40 million.