GM John Schneider: Marshawn Lynch's No. 24 off-limits in 2016

BySheil Kapadia ESPN logo
Monday, May 2, 2016

The Seattle Seahawks drafted 10 players last week and signed 13 more rookie free agents. None of them will wear Marshawn Lynch's No. 24.

"One of my last conversations with Marshawn was that nobody was going to wear No. 24 this year in the regular season," Seahawks general manager John Schneider said Monday during an appearance on 710 ESPN Seattle's Brock and Salk show.

Shortly after the draft, wide receiver Doug Baldwin asked Pete Carroll via Twitter to make sure that none of the new players wore Lynch's number, and later, Lynch chimed in with his approval.

"I appreciate [Baldwin's] input," Schneider said. "I'm glad he wants to help distribute jersey numbers."

Lynch announced his retirement during the Super Bowl, but he has not yet officially filed his paperwork. Carroll, however, has said Lynch is fully committed to retiring.

"We've planned for if we were going to get the papers before June 1 or after," Schneider said. "So we're good."