Lynch denied that he’s considering the idea of returning to the NFL.
“Marshawn Lynch is retired, he told me from his own mouth,” the NFL Network Robinson, via TMZ.com.
According to Robinson, Lynch has been as busy as ever since calling it a career.
“He said, ‘Dude, I’m not going anywhere. I’m as busy as I’ve ever been,” Robinson said.
Florio says that Lynch is currently “up in the air” about returning to the NFL, but could target a potential return around Week 4 or 5.
Should Lynch return, the Seahawks would hold his rights, considering that they placed him on the reserve/retired several months ago.
Earlier this summer seemingly put the notion of a return to the NFL to rest during an interview with 60 Minutes.
“I’m done. I enjoyed my time playing. Now it’s time to watch my cousins do their thing,” Lynch said. “…I enjoyed my time.”
However, Lynch’s agent, Doug Hendrickson, said he would “never say never” when it comes to Lynch staying retired.
There had been some speculation that Lynch could be trying to get the Seahawks to release him, which would allow him to sign on with a team of his choosing. Some have suggested that Lynch might make sense for his hometown Raiders, but it sounds like he’s ready to move on with his life.
By placing Lynch on the reserve/retired list shortly after the draft, the Seahawks cleared $6.5 million in cap room while creating $5 million in dead money.
Lynch, 29, has two years remaining on his three-year, $31 million contract that included $12 million guaranteed. He stands to make base salaries of $9 million in 2016 and another $7 million in 2017.
During his career, Lynch rushed for 9,112 yards rushing on 2,144 carries (4.3 YPC) to go along with 252 receptions for 1,979 yards receiving and 83 total touchdowns for the Seahawks and Bills.
Lynch is a five-time Pro Bowler and made one first-team All-Pro team in 2012. He also helped the Seahawks win a Super Bowl in 2013.