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November 30, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Would Marshawn Lynch consider retirement?

What outcome of Marshawn Lynch’s future that has always been considered a possibility — that he might retire after this season — was raised anew this morning in a report from Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

Rapoport said that he has been told by sources that “Lynch himself may move on” potentially “walking away” at the end of the season.

This has long been rumored, as Rapoport notes, since the Super Bowl in February, when there was a report that Lynch had told teammates that he might retire if Seattle won the game. Obviously, he did not.

Rumors that Lynch might consider retire also surfaced last summer when he held out. Obviously, again he did not.

That history further illustrates that when it comes to Lynch, there is always a lot of mystery, so reports of what he might do in the future have to be taken with those caveats in mind.

But sources have also told the Times that  Lynch has voiced to some around the team that retirement remains an option.

That the team isn’t sure what he might do is part of why the Seahawks have had a succession plan in place, with Robert Turbin and Christine Michael already on hand.

Unlike last season, though, when the team was wiling to wait it out with Lynch, they might want more certainty heading into the off-season this year so they know which direction to go.

Lynch has one year remaining on his contract after this season, set to earn $5 million in base salary and another $2 million in possible bonuses.

Rapoport also provided this specific update on Lynch’s back situation saying that: “Thanks to countless hits over the course of his career, the cartilage in his spinal cord is compressed, which brings him discomfort.” That’s included in this story.

Here is the full quote of what Rapoport said on-air this morning, as he also left open the idea that Lynch would follow Tom Cable if he were to get a job (though which would also assume that the Seahawks release or trade him):

“We’ve talked so much this year about how the Seahawks may move on from superstar running back Marshawn Lynch. What I am told by sources is that Lynch himself may move on. He may leave people wanting more as he often does, potentially walking away from the NFL after the season at 28 years old. Lynch could leave on his own terms; sources tell me he is mulling retirement and has been for some time. This is the same exact thing that happened last year during the season; I’m told by sources Lynch told two teammates that if the Seahawks win the Super Bowl he may walk away. Of course they did win the Super Bowl. He didn’t walk away but he also could do the same exact thing this year. But there is one caveat. Marshawn Lynch has a very strong relationship with Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable. If he does get a head coaching job, which is certainly a possibility, Lynch may actually just follow him there.”

And here is the video of what Rapoport said.



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