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What’s next for Marshawn Lynch?

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Of course running back Marshawn Lynch won’t be back in Seattle, for reasons previously explained. Most importantly, he counts $11.5 million against the cap in 2016; backup Thomas Rawls counts only a mere $530,000.

Coach Pete Carroll told reporters on Monday that he doesn’t know what will happen with Lynch. If so, he’s the only one who doesn’t. It feels inevitable that Lynch will be gone, unless he agrees to a dramatic reduction in his $9 million base salary a year after missing two months following surgery to repair a core-muscle injury.

“We’ll figure it out,” Carroll said regarding whether Lynch fits the team’s evolving offense. “It depends on how he comes back, and how he works at it, and all that kind of stuff. He had a difficult year physically. He’s never [had] to recover from an injury like that, he’s never had to deal with that kind of process. He made it back. To his credit he certainly worked hard to get back, and he made it back to play, it just was a terrible opportunity for him to have a chance to have an impact in the game.”

The 31-0 first-half deficit indeed made it difficult for Lynch to do much of anything, which in turn makes it easier for the Seahawks to move on. If he’d regained his Beast Mode vibe, and if he’d helped the team to another Super Bowl appearance, the Seahawks may have had no choice but to pay him $9 million for another year, much in the same way the Seahawks had no choice but to give Shaun Alexander a huge contract after he carried the team to the Super Bowl a decade ago.

And so the Seahawks have an opening to sever ties, and it would be a shock at this point if they don’t. The mere fact that Carroll didn’t say that Marshawn definitely will be back strongly suggests he won’t be, and the absence of any attempt to undo the potential damage coming from offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell’s Sunday comments to ESPN that could be regarded as critical of Lynch indicate that the team no longer is worried about tiptoeing around him.

The tiptoeing tone apparently was set at the top of the organization, with as one source explained it Carroll avoiding the issue of talking to Lynch and instead relying on others to communicate with him. While much of the problems flow from the way Lynch has handled others, the Seahawks perhaps haven’t handle Lynch in an ideal way, either.

Regardless, the Seahawks will have to handle Marshawn in the future only if they are tackling him as the member of an opposing team. Whether he signs with another team will hinge on how much another team will pay him, and how much he wants. There’s undoubtedly a number below which he won’t go; if another team won’t meet or beat that number, there’s a chance Lynch does what he has threatened to do each of the last two offseasons.

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46 Responses to “What’s next for Marshawn Lynch?”
  1. catquick says: Jan 18, 2016 9:48 PM

    He’ll go to his home town of Oakland as long as he gets paid in ammunition

  2. DerekCarrsGoldenArm says: Jan 18, 2016 10:01 PM

    Depends on how spiteful he is. If he wants to get back at Seattle, he’ll head for Arizona or Green Bay. If he wants to make his mom happy, he’ll play for the hometown Raiders.

  3. mikefresh1987 says: Jan 18, 2016 10:04 PM

    Come to the ATL Quinn and company would love to have you and freeman in the backfield !!

  4. 4sacroc says: Jan 18, 2016 10:04 PM

    DerekCarrsGoldenArm says:
    Jan 18, 2016 10:01 PM

    Depends on how spiteful he is. If he wants to get back at Seattle, he’ll head for Arizona or Green Bay. If he wants to make his mom happy, he’ll play for the hometown Raiders.

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    Great point. I’ll also throw NE into the mix. They need a RB and would be off-the-hook dangerous adding Lynch to the mix.

  5. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 18, 2016 10:11 PM

    More reaching here with this article. For all we know he may retire.

  6. kylexitron says: Jan 18, 2016 10:15 PM

    I don’t know why he would be spiteful. The team has accommodated him in the past with his deal. Not to mention got him out of buffalo and gave him a chance to become what he’s been for Seattle. Won a Super Bowl, let him be himself the whole time. they just redid his desk two years in a row for his benefit.

    I’d say he’s going to depart gracefully and probably head to the best combination of money/close to Oakland he can get, and given the Raiders need for a veteran back who can help out their young QB just like he did for Russell Wilson. Not to mention the interest in not going to LA, bringing in a local star would keep people interested.

  7. raiderapologist says: Jan 18, 2016 10:16 PM

    Home town guy, but most Raider fans would rather see an old Matt Forte on the roster, if an old guy is going to get the job. For the same money, they could get four young players.

  8. nwhawkhater says: Jan 18, 2016 10:17 PM

    Next up will be how every Seahawk fan will say how much better they are without him. How much better they will be just Rawls…..

  9. hivelocityimpactsplatter says: Jan 18, 2016 10:17 PM

    4sacroc says:
    Jan 18, 2016 10:04 PM
    DerekCarrsGoldenArm says:
    Jan 18, 2016 10:01 PM

    Depends on how spiteful he is. If he wants to get back at Seattle, he’ll head for Arizona or Green Bay. If he wants to make his mom happy, he’ll play for the hometown Raiders.

    =====

    Great point. I’ll also throw NE into the mix. They need a RB and would be off-the-hook dangerous adding Lynch to the mix.
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    Problem: Lynch doesn’t cheat.

  10. joenash72 says: Jan 18, 2016 10:21 PM

    Thanks for the great ride, BeastMode😉

    I think he retires.

    No team will pay him what he’s gonna want, to make it worth going through the grind of another season.

  11. stableinoceanside says: Jan 18, 2016 10:29 PM

    4sacroc says:
    Jan 18, 2016 10:04 PM
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    Great point. I’ll also throw NE into the mix. They need a RB and would be off-the-hook dangerous adding Lynch to the mix.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    I think I’m speaking for all Pats fans, when I say”…Nah….we’re good”.

  12. urlachershair says: Jan 18, 2016 10:32 PM

    The toughest RB in the league will be going to the toughest franchise in the league. Perfect replacement for Forte.

  13. bigoldfatguy says: Jan 18, 2016 10:46 PM

    Shaun Alexander anyone?

    He’s done. Has his ring. Has his cash. Enjoy!

  14. streetyson says: Jan 18, 2016 10:49 PM

    He’s been saving his voice box to become one of those media analysts who never shut up!

    But whatever he does, I just hope he avoids joining the TMZ All-Star team.

  15. bartpkelly says: Jan 18, 2016 10:55 PM

    “Next up will be how every Seahawk fan will say how much better they are without him. How much better they will be just Rawls…..”

    The key point here is “…will be…” and yes, the Seahawks may be better without him next year. That doesn’t mean the Seahawks fans dislike him or hate him. Just like San Francisco fans are better without Montana now, but they don’t him.

  16. ketch20too says: Jan 18, 2016 10:56 PM

    Gotta love the player Lynch is-never gave up on a run, the rest can be a bit much. Thanks for the years of hard work and all the highlights Marshawn. Hope the next stage of your life is equally successful.

  17. thetooloftools says: Jan 18, 2016 10:56 PM

    He should take a pay cut and return to the team. Why not?

  18. seatownballers says: Jan 18, 2016 10:59 PM

    Clowns,
    he’ll retire

  19. bocabob12 says: Jan 18, 2016 11:00 PM

    i think seattle is tired of this circus….

  20. tokyosandblaster says: Jan 18, 2016 11:02 PM

    Same thing that’s next for all the seahawks.

    No more rings.

    >

  21. ilovefoolsball says: Jan 18, 2016 11:04 PM

    Why would anyone want to go Atlanta?

  22. DerekCarrsGoldenArm says: Jan 18, 2016 11:07 PM

    kylexitron says:
    Jan 18, 2016 10:15 PM
    I don’t know why he would be spiteful. The team has accommodated him in the past with his deal. Not to mention got him out of buffalo and gave him a chance to become what he’s been for Seattle. Won a Super Bowl, let him be himself the whole time. they just redid his desk two years in a row for his benefit.

    His state of mind on how things play out in the next 2 months is where I’m coming from on the spite comment. If it’s along the lines of a face to face “Marshawn, we’d love you to be here but you know this is a business and we will need you to take a pay cut”, I could see him saying “No thanks, I loved playing here, and let’s be friends”. If it’s “The Seattle Seahawks have released Marshawn Lynch” via press release, I could see him having hurt feelings. Plus, the comments from Bevell over the weekend don’t help Marshawn’s state of mind either.

  23. jmethane says: Jan 18, 2016 11:12 PM

    Next up will be how every Seahawk fan will say how much better they are without him. How much better they will be just Rawls

    ——–

    And they might very well be right at this point of their careers. Not to mention that 10 million dollar plus salary difference that would help the Seahawks maybe get an offensive lineman or two.

    The fact is Thomas Rawls thoroughly outperformed Marshawn Lynch this year and I’m talking about before he got hurt obviously.

    And then there is how much they have to bend over backwards to keep him happy…Marshawn has always been kind of a pain in the neck for the organization.

    All that being said I love Marshawn Lynch and will always remember him as one of my favorite Seahawks. It was a good run for sure.

  24. Marsh1976 says: Jan 18, 2016 11:17 PM

    Seahawks haters and Seahawks observers from far away are a lot more down on Marshawn than any Seahawks’ fan I know. We, for the most part, love the guy. You see as many or more #24 jerseys around these parts as any outside of #3. We all hope whether he comes back or not, that an amicable solution can be reached that keeps him part of the Seahawks’ family forever. I’m really to see him up there in the ring of honor someday. I don’t believe the Seahawks will do anything as harsh as just release him because his salary cap hit is too high. He has meant too much to this team and fan base for the last few seasons and Pete Carroll is just too loyal to his guys for that.

  25. babygaga19 says: Jan 18, 2016 11:23 PM

    There will be no viable market for him which means the Raiders will pay him $20M/year.

  26. bigbamboom1 says: Jan 18, 2016 11:23 PM

    Know what? Regardless of what any of us think about Marshawn Lynch. Here is the fact. A great NFL warrior is about to walk on into the distant shadow. He lit the daylight like a blazing sun while in Seattle Blue & Green. And brought them VICTORY on his watch. You Go BeastMode! It was my great privilege to watch you play.

  27. myhawks1976 says: Jan 18, 2016 11:27 PM

    nwhawkhater says:
    Jan 18, 2016 10:17 PM
    Next up will be how every Seahawk fan will say how much better they are without him. How much better they will be just Rawls…..

    12 14
    —————————————————————–

    Ok, I’m your huckleberry. Lynch is on the wrong side of 30 and a 12.5 million dollar cap hit compared to 500K? Yeah… I’ll roll with Rawls?

    Why? Cause he’s better? Who knows. Lynch was named beast mode for a reason. I love the dude. But he’s older and costly as hell. The Hawks need OLine help, need to figure out Chancellor (it will come up again) and Bennett, sign draft picks and get Baldwin locked up long term.

    Is Rawls better than Beast? Probably not. Is this offense better at this point, relying on Wilsons arm more with a young Rawls and 12 million more to spin for talent around them?

    Of course it is.

    Thanks for the memories Marshawn. Thanks for being part of the first Seahawk Lombardi. Wish him the best in retirement or his next stop!

  28. fumblenuts says: Jan 18, 2016 11:55 PM

    I hope he retires a Seahawk and makes it into the hall of fame one day.

  29. jeremy2020 says: Jan 19, 2016 12:03 AM

    a bloated contract he’ll never come close to justifying is what’s next

  30. PacificNWMark says: Jan 19, 2016 12:06 AM

    If we’ve learned anything here watching Marshawn Lynch over the last six years, it is that he almost never does the expected, ‘normal’ thing. For sure he’s not going to make $10 million next year in Seattle, but since he won’t be making that amount anywhere else, either, he may still have more value to the Seahawks than any other team, even if he’s in a more limited role.

  31. sbdt says: Jan 19, 2016 12:22 AM

    As a Saints fan I will forever resent him for going BeastMode on us that time. Oh, you know the play…

    But man! He is awesome, so much fun to watch, such a great competitor. Did what he wanted and (for the most part) stayed out of trouble. Good on Seattle for supporting him. No way they have the success of the last few years with anyone else.

  32. ppc50 says: Jan 19, 2016 12:34 AM

    Raiders, Dallas or NE

  33. Emmanuel Goldstein says: Jan 19, 2016 12:36 AM

    How much to make him the running backs coach?.. Seriously, I think his bad advice will be outweighed by his good advice. And then he could get paid without costing the salary cap. And he could stick with a team that loves him.

  34. tmsclade says: Jan 19, 2016 12:46 AM

    Lynch may very well be a hall of fame caliber player, but it’s member of the media that vote, and his relationship with them was, well……

  35. jerry944 says: Jan 19, 2016 2:56 AM

    No way he goes to the hall of fame

  36. bleedingfacemask says: Jan 19, 2016 3:47 AM

    “Of course running back Marshawn Lynch won’t be back in Seattle, for reasons previously explained…

    Coach Pete Carroll told reporters on Monday that he doesn’t know what will happen with Lynch. If so, he’s the only one who doesn’t.”

    All because you say so.

    Got it.

  37. pdabraham1 says: Jan 19, 2016 4:50 AM

    I just wrote something here so I don’t get fined.

  38. silvernblak says: Jan 19, 2016 5:00 AM

    His mother lives eats and breathes the Raydas.. Y’all know Beastmode, so come back home… First we score then we clown cuz with Beastmode home nobody loud as the Rayda crowd! He takes a pay cut to come back where he grew up a Rayda fan! No brainier!!!

  39. dzimas61 says: Jan 19, 2016 6:57 AM

    You predicate this assumption on Thomas Rawls being ready to play. He is still in rehab and may not be in top form by next Fall. Even still, at $530,000, he eats up virtually no cap space, which allows the Seahawks to keep Lynch if they so choose. It all depends on how much it takes to sign Mebane, Irvin, Lane, Lewis, Okung, Kearse and others that are key to their continued success. They will have $30 million in cap space.

  40. joeldholsopple says: Jan 19, 2016 7:35 AM

    I’m thinking he retires. It’s either Oakland (slim chance) or retirement (better chance)

  41. mgm54 says: Jan 19, 2016 9:37 AM

    Raiders, Cowboys, or Retirement (not necessarily in that order)….

  42. thejuddstir says: Jan 19, 2016 10:30 AM

    “It depends on all that kind of stuff”……….what insight by the head coach. Obvious that Petey doesn’t want to be the one to give the bad news to Lynch. Not surprising, typical snake oil salesman talk.

  43. pintheb says: Jan 19, 2016 11:03 AM

    Sea birds got exposed. Team is a shell of what it once was.

    Marshawn is old. Should retire so he can go back to Oakland and smoke all day err day.

  44. stoptrippn says: Jan 19, 2016 12:13 PM

    Oakland

  45. raiderapologist says: Jan 19, 2016 8:38 PM

    babygaga19 says:
    Jan 18, 2016 11:23 PM

    There will be no viable market for him which means the Raiders will pay him $20M/year.
    —————-
    Or not, That is Payton Manning money right there.

  46. skawh says: Jan 20, 2016 6:41 PM

    Marshawn is gone. Thanks for the memories. Apply that cap space on creating a solid OL…Seattle is desperately in need of an OL!

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