“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.
The reporter pressed Lynch on whether this was really official, but Lynch did his best to put an end to the speculation of a potential return at some point.
“I’m retired. Is that good enough? Which camera do you want me to look into? This one? I’m done. I’m not playing football anymore,” Lynch said in the interview.
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.
Seattle placed Lynch on the reserve/retired list shortly after the draft in a move that 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 would make base salaries of $9 million in 2016 and another $7 million in 2017.
Lynch finished his NFL career with 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 was 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.