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February 12, 2015 at 3:52 PM

Michael Robinson reiterates that Marshawn Lynch considering retiring

Former Seattle fullback Michael Robinson, a close friend of Marshawn Lynch, reiterated in an interview on 710 ESPN Seattle Thursday that Lynch is considering retiring, echoing comments he made the day before on the NFL Network.

But Robinson also said that if he had to bet, “my bet would be that he plays next year in Seattle.”

Still, Robinson repeated on several occasions that he has no idea what Lynch will do.

“C’mon man, it’s Marshawn,” he said at one point when pressed on what he thinks will be the ultimate decision of Lynch, who has one year remaining on a four-year deal signed in 2012. “I don’t think he knew whether he was going to play last year until almost training camp.”

Robinson said he had gotten off the phone with Lynch just 10 minutes prior to the interview, but began it by saying he has no idea if Lynch will play in 2015.

“I don’t know,” he said. “I don’t think Marshawn knows yet.. … I don’t know what a timeline is, guys. I would guess that Marshawn doesn’t even really know what a timeline is. Probably going to be a feel thing and we’ll just see like everybody else.”

Robinson said he thinks the reasons Lynch is considering retiring are his body having taken a lot of punishment and wanting to do other things with his life. He said he did not think it was about wanting to get more money out of the Seahawks — the team has said it is offering Lynch a new contract that would add years beyond 2015.

Robinson noted all the carries Lynch has had and that he’s played almost two full careers if you consider the average career being three-and-a-half years.

“Has he had enough football? You can’t ask him that right after the season because your body is telling you yes,” Robinson said. “Right now you just have to let him wait it out, see how the off-season goes, let him get his body right again, and then you will see if he wants to come back or not.”

Robinson also said that “Marshawn is getting to a point in his life where he may want to enjoy other things in his life, other things are important to him.”

Asked about the impact of money on Lynch’s decision, Robinson said “I don’t think it factors in too much. But obviously this is a business. With the running back position being so devalued, I think he wants to be paid like the heartbeat of the team, which he should be … right now he knows that he has the leverage. He knows that he’s the best back in the league. He knows he’s a difference maker not only on the field but off the field. So right now he has all the leverage. So I don’t think money is a factor for him. I just think he wants to be paid like the heartbeat, the face of the team.”

Asked about Lynch appearing to smile after the last play of the Super Bowl, Robinson noted that Lynch comes from a tough part of Oakland and has seen friends die and said “you talk about losing a game you can do nothing but smile about it, you now what I mean? He’s a guy that handles bad news pretty well and that shows the leadership that he has on the team.”

Robinson also said he thinks Lynch’s relationship with head coach Pete Carroll is good and indicated he doesn’t think that would be a factor in any decision.

 

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