RENTON, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider, speaking to team reporters Friday for the first time since the season began, had no update on negotiations involving quarterback Russell Wilson's contract.
"We don't have a timetable," Schneider said. "At the appropriate time when we are able to speak to his representatives, we'll do that. We're not in a situation where we can yet."
Wilson, who has a $662,000 base salary this year, is ending his third NFL season and is signed through 2015. But NFL rules permit teams to negotiate a new deal with players after their third years. That is a virtual certainty for Wilson, who likely will receive a multiyear deal in excess of $20 million per year.
Schneider also talked about the team's plans for Marshawn Lynch, who is finishing the third year of a four-year deal that will pay him $6.5 million in 2015. Lynch will be an $8.5 million salary cap hit in 2015, but the Seahawks would save $7 million if they release him.
"He's under contract next year and he's a warrior,'' Schneider said of Lynch. "He goes out there every weekend and lays it on the line. I think you'd be hard-pressed to find a better running back in the National Football League."
Lynch, who is controversial at times, has been fined twice this season for obscene gestures on touchdown runs and had to pay a $100,000 fine for not talking to the media. He also attempted to take the field for the NFC Championship Game in unapproved gold cleats. When asked if Schneider was tiring of Lynch's act, he said, "I kind of like his act."
"We took a shot (acquiring Harvin in a trade before the 2013 season) for a highly explosive player,'' Schneider said. "For a number of different reasons it didn't work out. We knew we had to resolve that situation as quickly as we could so we could move forward as an organization. It was a very hard decision, one we didn't make overnight."