RENTON, Wash. — The Seahawks placed running back Marshawn Lynch on the NFL's reserve/retired list on Thursday, making official what was implied in February when Lynch indicated he was ready to end his career.
It was a procedural step, but one that needed to be taken to make Lynch's intended retirement official.
Seattle made a series of offseason moves that indicated the running back who led the Seahawks to their first Super Bowl title was ready to step away, including drafting three running backs last week. Lynch would have been an $11.5 million cap hit.
Lynch has spent the offseason promoting his clothing line, traveling to Egypt for a football camp and to ride camels, and doing relief work in Haiti.
Lynch spent six of his nine seasons with Seattle. He's second all-time in Seattle history for rushing touchdowns and fourth in yards rushing. Overall he has 9,112 yards rushing and 74 touchdowns in the regular season.
MANZIEL UPDATE: Former Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel appeared in a Dallas courtroom a day after posting bond in a domestic violence case. Judge Roberto Cañas ordered the currently unemployed Manziel to have no contact with his ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley. Manziel, dressed in a blue suit and tie with a white shirt and brown sneakers, extended his middle finger toward spectators and cameras as he stood with his hands behind his back.
ANDRE CALDWELL TO LIONS: Detroit signed free agent wide receiver Andre Caldwell, a former Florida and Jefferson standout. Caldwell played the past four seasons with the Broncos.
FALCONS: First-round pick Keanu Neal, a safety from UF, signed a four-year, $10.7 million deal with a $6 million signing bonus. Also, former UF defensive back Brian Poole, a rookie free agent, agreed to terms.
Jets: Receiver Joe Anderson, who made headlines by standing outside Houston's stadium with a sign looking for an NFL job last season, was waived.
REDSKINS: Former Gator Jordan Reed became the league's highest-paid tight end, signing a five-year extension that will start with the 2017 season. It's worth up to about $50 million, with $22 million guaranteed.