In a radio interview Tuesday on KIRO-AM, general manager John Schneider said that the team is waiting for Lynch to decide on whether he will retire or return.
"Whether or not he wants to play next year, I can't answer that," Schneider said. "I don't know if he knows at this juncture."
Schneider added Lynch's decision "might not happen overnight," but if he returns the team plans to re-do the running back's contract.
"Obviously we think he's a hell of a player," Schneider said. "We want to have him back, he knows that, his representatives know that. He knows that if he's back he's not going to be playing at the same number he's scheduled to make."
However, before any deal gets done, Schneider is waiting to hear if Beast Mode wants to take on another grind.
"It's hard for these guys, it's a long season," Schneider said. "We've played a lot of football these last two years. Especially the way this guy runs the ball, it's taxing on his body."
Any team dreaming of prying Lynch away from Seattle can brush that fantasy aside. Beast Mode will be a Seahawk or he'll be retired in 2015.