Whether Seahawks tailback Marshawn Lynch reports to the club’s mandatory minicamp next week remains something of a mystery.
However, there’s another intriguing potential plot twist that’s worth monitoring.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported Thursday that Lynch suggested to a pair of unnamed teammates that he might retire if the Seahawks won Super Bowl XLVIII. Also, Rapoport quoted an unnamed source who claims Lynch “could” step away from the game.
Should Lynch return for 2014, he would likely remain the Seahawks’ featured back and one of the keys to their offense. He has exceeded 1,000 yards rushing in each of the last three seasons for Seattle. Overall, the 28-year-old Lynch has rushed for 7,389 yards in regular season play since entering the league in 2007.
With the Seahawks’ season opener 84 days away, there is plenty of time to let this story breathe a little, so to speak. Even if Lynch were to skip the minicamp, it would be a mere footnote if he reported to training camp in July.
Lynch has two years left on his current deal, with multiple published reports suggesting he is not pleased with his contract.