Lynch will be 30 years old next season, coming off a trying year in which he missed more games than he played and managed just one 100-yard rushing performance.
"I don't know how that's going to go," coach Pete Carroll said of Lynch's future, via The Seattle Times. "I don't know how any of these guys are going to go right now. I don't know."
That's not exactly a ringing endorsement for one of the most esteemed players in franchise history.
Whereas Darrell Bevell's offense formerly relied upon Lynch's powerful legs in a ball-control attack, Russell Wilson took full ownership in the second half of the 2015 season, producing one of the most effective two-month stretches in NFL history.
It's especially telling that Wilson's passer rating was 33.7 points higherwithout Lynch in the lineup this season.
The Seahawks' coaching staff and personnel department will spend the rest of the month pouring over game tape in preparation for roster decisions at the start of the league year in March.
Salary repercussions aside, what they will discover is that they have a better chance to win next season with Rawls replacing Lynch.