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Seahawks’ No. 24 jersey will remain Lynch’s for 2016 season

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) breaks through a tackle-attempt by Dallas Cowboys' Sean Lee (50) as Cowboys Byron Jones, left, comes over to help on the running play in the second half of a Nov. 1 NFL game, in Arlington, Texas.
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) breaks through a tackle-attempt by Dallas Cowboys' Sean Lee (50) as Cowboys Byron Jones, left, comes over to help on the running play in the second half of a Nov. 1 NFL game, in Arlington, Texas. Associated Press

The Seahawks’ No. 24 just got even more valued.

Doug Baldwin and friends in Seattle’s locker room just got happier.

General manager John Schneider said on 710-AM radio in Seattle Monday morning that he told Marshawn Lynch on the running back’s way out of the NFL and into retiring that no Seattle player will wear Lynch’s jersey number in 2016.

“One of my last conversations with Marshawn was that no one was going to wear 24 this year, in the regular season,” Schneider said on the “Brock and Salk” radio show. “

Saturday upon the draft ending, Baldwin had tweeted what the team’s top wide receiver wanted the franchise to do with Lynch’s jersey number. Baldwin signed his message “The Players” to apparently represent the consensus of the Seahawks’ roster.

“Dear @PeteCarroll, We are thrilled with the new teammates. One condition. Nobody wears #24 for years to come. Sincerely, The Players”

“I appreciate his input, though,” Schneider joked of Baldwin. “Glad he wants to contribute to, you know, us distributing jersey numbers, too.”

Some will notice Schneider said only “this year” about no one wearing Lynch’s number. Then again, maybe the GM can only commit so much until Lynch officially retires.

Schneider said Saturday Lynch still hasn’t submitted his official retirement papers to the Seahawks or the NFL. But coach Pete Carroll said that Lynch was indeed “committed” to retiring.

Lynch got noticed internationally for tweeting his retirement in his own, unique way during the Super Bowl in February: with only a picture of his spikes hanging from a telephone wire.

JAKE HEAPS SIGNS

Jake Heaps, the former nationally-renowned quarterback for Skyline High School in the Seattle suburb of Sammamish, tweeted Monday a picture of him at Seahawks’ headquarters wearing a visitor’s badge signing a contract as an undrafted free agent.

“I'm officially a Seattle Seahawk! Truly a dream come true & blessing to play for my hometown @Seahawks #GoHawks” Heaps posted online.

Heaps’ college career was full of travel but not sustained success. He originally signed with Brigham Young. He started 13 for his freshman season and most of his sophomore one at BYU before losing his job. He transferred in 2012 to Kansas, sat out that year, threw eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 11 games for KU, then transferred to Miami. He played in only four games as a backup in 2014 for the Hurricanes.

So his signing is like that of most rookie free agents: based upon possible potential rather than on past performance.

Heaps will be one of three quarterbacks at Seattle’s rookie minicamp Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Schneider confirmed Monday the team had signed former Texas Christian QB Trevone Boykin as an undrafted free agent. Ex-Oregon and Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams is reportedly coming for a Seattle tryout this weekend.

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