CHAWK LINES -- Week in review

Marshawn Lynch might be retiring, but another very significant former Seahawk — 40-year-old Matt Hasselbeck — might keep going.

Some Seahawks apparently think Lynch will change his mind. Of course, that would mean he would be playing elsewhere absent a pay cut in Seattle.

Danny Kelly of Field Gulls put together a nice retrospective on Lynch.

Michael Bennett was honored at a local sports ceremony, and he had a few fun digs for Cam Newton.

Fans hilariously think Jermaine Kearse is the Seahawks’ top UFA. They will find out differently soon enough.

Ahtyba Rubin’s market seemingly is set at $4 million per year, thanks to Green Bay and Letroy Guion.

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Hawks watching other teams’ early moves

Salary cap logoThe NFL year — i.e., free agency and the trading period — begins in four weeks, but the business of rebuilding teams already has begun as clubs re-sign and release players.

The Seahawks haven’t made any big moves yet — although Marshawn Lynch’s pending retirement will save them $6.5 million vs. the 2016 salary cap — but they surely are watching other teams’ transactions with great interest.

Recent contract extensions have established the markets for Michael Bennett (who is expected to push hard for a raise) and Bruce Irvin; a few teams have parted company with safeties, making them potential trade destinations for Kam Chancellor; and some veteran offensive linemen already have been released as well.

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CHAWK LINES -- Marshawn Lynch retires

Marshawn Lynch made a unique retirement announcement Sunday and his agent confirmed it Monday.

Lynch is tied for third in NFL history with six 100-yard rushing games in the playoffs.

The Seahawks tweeted a cool video tribute.

We reposted the simulcast of his two greatest runs.

Russell Wilson called it an honor to play with one of the best of all time.

Richard Sherman said it was an honor to share the field with him.

Paul Allen thanked him for a great career and “so many runs and quakes.”

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This offseason sets up Part III & wide-open 2017

Salary cap logoWhile a lot of people think the Seahawks face a daunting offseason — with 24 scheduled free agents and decisions to make on Kam Chancellor and Michael Bennett — you can bet John Schneider and Pete Carroll see it for what it really is: A chance for them to reset their still-strong team for Part III of the Schneider/Carroll era so they can win a couple more Super Bowls.

Part I included the building years of 2010-12, when they put together a stout defense and powerful running attack and found a franchise quarterback. Part II (2013-15) was the first Super Bowl window, which did not turn out quite as well as it should have.

This offseason offers the chance for Schneider and Carroll to redefine their team — officially moving on from some 2010-15 stalwarts (e.g., Marshawn Lynch, Chancellor, Russell Okung) and remaking their offensive line. It will set the table for next offseason, when Schneider will have the flexibility to make some moves that could create a dominant team for 2017 and beyond.

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Chawk lines 75 percent

The Kam Chancellor Watch has begun. John Clayton doesn’t think he would net more than a fourth-rounder. Hawk Blogger, meanwhile, posited 10 specific trade ideas.

The Seahawks are not in the Super Bowl, but that didn’t prevent Conan O’Brien from inviting Marshawn Lynch for more fun and games.

Lynch was in a better mood for that than he was when TMZ asked him if he was coming back to the Seahawks in 2016.

No surprise: Linemen dominate a long list of Seattle mock drafts put together by Bob Condotta.

Rob Staton broke down Todd McShay’s mock draft and looked at other options at No. 26.

The Seahawks had a lot of fun at the Pro Bowl — their first in three years.

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