Marshawn Lynch Considering Retirement?
It was only a day ago that Seattle Seahawks star running back Marshawn Lynch was considering holdout out for a new contract. Now he might just never come back.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the star running back best known as “Beast Mode” informed teammates prior to last year’s Super Bowl that he could retire if the team won it all. Now that the Seahawks have in fact claimed the league’s title, sources close to Lynch are now saying they “could see him walking away.”
It’s quite a leap considering Lynch was reportedly seeking a new deal as recently as Thursday afternoon. Lynch’s media threat to walk away entirely could either be a ploy to prompt the Seattle brass to take him seriously, or it could actually be legit.
Scheduled to make $5 million this year and $5.5 million in 2015 before becoming a free agent in 2016, Lynch has to see this being the last time he can truly cash in on monster money. He’s already 28 years old and about to enter the likely final stages of a solid career, while Seattle already has talented running backs ready to take over behind him.
It’s entirely possible Lynch just sees the writing on the wall and is doing all he can to maximize his earnings before he slowly gets pushed out of Seattle.
That, or he’s taking his time and actually thinking now might be a good time to “hang’em up”. After all, Lynch would be riding off into the sunset with a Super Bowl ring, something not everyone is able to do at the end of their career. Factor in over 900 carries the last three years as Seattle’s top runner, and Lynch has to know his best days are quickly slipping behind him. While he can still be productive at an elite level for another 1-2 seasons, he could still drop off at any moment, or the Seahawks could start limiting his role in the offense to get others involved.
It’s possible Lynch wants no part in some type of slow fade out.
Another aspect to consider is the natural wear and tear NFL players in general take on their bodies. This is only magnified at the running back position and even at a higher level when you factor in Lynch’s punishing running style. With this in mind, Lynch could think retiring at 28 isn’t all that crazy. Doing so could protect his body for the long haul, rather than hold on for a few extra seasons and risk permanent damage of some sort.
While it’s not likely Lynch is serious about retiring, it’s also not insane for an elite rusher to retire at a fairly young age. Minnesota Vikings running back Robert Smith retired many years ago despite having a ton of money on the line, while superstar backs Jim Brown and Barry Sanders both retired in their primes.
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