Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Marshawn Lynch has indicated to the Seahawks that he does plan on retiring from the NFL.
This comes after Lynch posted what appears to be a goodbye to the NFL on his Twitter account during the Super Bowl Sunday night.
— Shawn Lynch (@MoneyLynch) February 8, 2016
Seahawks QB Russell Wilson said he’s going to miss Lynch next year, which further implies that this is it for him.
— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) February 8, 2016
However, Schefter adds that Lynch’s teammates still attempting to change his mind about the idea.
There has been a lot of talk in recent months that the Seahawks could release Lynch and move forward with cheaper and younger options like Thomas Rawls.
Even so, Jason Cole of B/R recently reported the Seahawks likely want Lynch to return for the 2016 season, as they still believe Lynch can be the same power running back he’s been in the past.
Cole adds that Lynch’s cap figure of $11.5 million is simply to high for them to keep Lynch at that price. With this in mind, Cole believes that if Lynch were to return in 2016, he would likely have to agree to a “significant” pay cut and accept something like a $2 or $3 million salary with incentives included in the agreement.
Lynch, 29, is in the first year of his three-year, $31 million contract that included $12 million guaranteed. He’ll make a base salary of $4.5 million this season and another $9 million in 2016.
According to OverTheCap.com, releasing Lynch next year would free up $6.5 million in cap space for the Seahawks while creating $5 million in dead money.
This season, Lynch has ran for 417 yards on 111 carries (3.8 YPC) to go along with 13 receptions for 80 yards receiving and three total touchdowns over the course of seven games.
We’ll have more regarding Lynch’s future with the Seahawks as the news is available.