How Marshawn Lynch retiring would affect the Seahawks' salary cap

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Brady Henderson of 710 ESPN Seattle talked to Joel Corry of CBSSports.com about the cap ramifications of Marshawn Lynch potentially retiring. Per Corry, the team could collect $5 million, which is the remaining prorated amount of Lynch's signing bonus:

"You'll get a cap credit for the amount you collect but you don't get it until the following year, so they wouldn't be getting a cap credit until 2017 and 2018 if they collected the full $5 million," said Corry, who spent 15 seasons as an NFL agent and now writes about contract matters for CBSSports.com. "If they don't collect any money from him ... they don't get any cap relief. So it can be a cap and cash rebate, but you've got to collect the money in order for it to give you the cap relief."

Would the Seahawks do that? They wouldn't be required to recoup that money from Lynch, but it's an option that Corry believes they would exercise.

"If Seattle wants to be benevolent towards Marshawn, they can," he said. "But I always expect teams to exert their rights to the maximum extent possible when they can."

Reader Ross Richendrfer has a good piece in the Seattle Times about the changing identity of the Seahawks:

As their figurehead QB increasingly adopts a corporate feel and its bombastic defense matures into a less ostentatious version of itself, the Seahawks’ identity is bound to be less distinctive, less feature attraction.

These aren’t nails in the Seahawks’ coffin. They have a great chance to be good again in 2016. But the Seahawks are a team on the cusp of rejoining the NFL’s huddled masses, all slogging to find themselves, to establish an identity within a league dominated by a handful of stories and personalities.

Stephen Cohen of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer breaks down the state of the Seahawks' defense:

With [Bobby] Wagner and [K.J.] Wright locked into long-term extensions through 2019 and 2018, respectively, [Bruce] Irvin is the name to watch here. The 2012 first-round pick hasn't always been a consistent playmaker for the Seahawks, but he's developed from a one-dimensional pass-rusher into a solid strongside linebacker. With pass-rushing talent at a premium in the league (look at what Denver was able to do in the AFC Championship Game), expect some team to open its wallet for Irvin.

There was once a thought that [Kevin] Pierre-Louis would move into the weakside spot while Wright transitioned to the strongside in Irvin's absence. But after Wright put together a 2015 campaign that should have earned him All-Pro consideration, moving him doesn't seem to make sense. That could open the door for [Cassius] Marsh to replace Irvin as the team's starting SAM linebacker, a role he looked suited for last year.