For much of this season, there have been questions swirling around the future of Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, and now, in a radio interview Friday, Seahawks general manager John Schneider has said that he believes the running back to be “leaning toward retirement.”
This season has certainly not been the greatest one posted by Lynch, nicknamed “Beast Mode” by his teammates and fans in Seattle. The star running back managed only to start in 6 games during the 2015 regular season, posting only 417 yards and 3 touchdowns on 111 carries.
Compared to the production in years, past, this season was certainly nothing to write home about as the back was hampered severely this season by nagging injuries, forcing him to the bench for most of the season.
Lynch even kept himself out of the Seahawks Wildcard Round playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings, who would have won the game were it not for a missed chip shot field goal by Blair Walsh in the closing moments of the game.
This occurence, though the most recent, is by no means the back’s only taste of controversy during his career.
Lynch has often faced scrutiny by the media and the NFL for his disinterest in post game interviews and other media events. During the Seahawks’ runs to the Superbowl in the 2 seasons past, Lynch only showed up to media events to avoid threatened fines to be levied by the NFL for non-participation in the media events. Even though Lynch appeared at the events his comments were limited often saying, “You know why I’m here'” and often offering no further comment.
Lynch has been a point of focus for the Seahawks for much of the season, as Lynch’s contract with the team was set to enter it’s last year, and there have been talks for much of the season abou the Seahawks either cutting Lynch loose or extending his contract. To this point, I believe that Lynch has played his last game in a Seattle uniform.
If Lynch does decide to forego retirement and test the free agent market in the NFL, he may have some pretty major competition for a landing spot. Chicago Bears veteran Matt Forte has also been in the rumor mill about maybe needing to find a new team this offseason.
Both Forte in Lynch are arguably entering their twilight years as running backs in the NFL, but that doesn’t mean that there won’t be teams looking to acquire the services of either of the high quality veteran play the two could provide.
With the Seahawks offseason beginning after their loss to the Carolina Panthers in the NFC Divisional round, we can expect an answer on Lynch’s future with the team, or in the NFL, sooner than later.