Here’s the Seahawks’ Stack of Stuff for Feb. 10
Additions to the coaching staff, player signings and Marshawn Lynch rumors are all piled up in today's stack of Seahawks stuff.
The team announced Monday that defensive backs coach Kris Richard had been promoted to defensive coordinator. Richard replaces Dan Quinn, who was hired as the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons.
Richard played and coached under Seattle head coach Pete Carroll at the University of Southern California, and came to the Seahawks with Carroll in 2010. As a player, Richard spent three seasons at cornerback for the Seahawks under coach Mike Holmgren.
The team also announced that former Seahawks' linebacker Lofa Tatupu had been hired as assistant linebackers coach. Tatupu spent six seasons with Seattle, being named to the Pro Bowl three times, and anchoring the team's middle during their 2005 Super Bowl XL season.
The team also announced the signing of several players, including former Washington wide receiver Kevin Smith, who was on and off the Seahawks' roster several times last season. They also signed William and Mary quarterback R.J. Archer; Pittsburgh guard C.J. Davis, who also was with the team during training camp last year; Hawaii long snapper Luke Ingram; Wisconsin linebacker Brendan Kelly; Colorado defensive end Will Pericak; and Miami center Jared Wheeler.
Finally, general manager John Schneider told a Seattle radio station Tuesday that bringing back running back Marshawn Lynch in 2015 was a top priority, but he wasn't sure if it was going to happen. He said that if Lynch does come back, his salary won't be at the $8.5 million salary cap number that he's scheduled to make. He hinted that the 28-year-old Lynch might retire.
“Regarding Marshawn, obviously we think he’s a hell of a player. We want to have him back. He knows that. His representatives know that,” Schneider said. “He knows that if he’s back, he’s not going to be playing at the same number he’s scheduled to make. He’s a guy who’s a heartbeat guy who we’d love to have back. Whether or not he want to play next year, I can’t answer that. I don’t know if he knows at this juncture.”
Schneider said that Lynch would take some time to make a decision in the wake of Seattle's heartbreaking loss in Super Bowl XLIX.