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Michael Robinson says it’s “fair to assume” Marshawn Lynch is done in Seattle

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, left, laughs along side teammate Michael Robinson as the participate in a media availability Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, in Jersey City, N.J. The Seahawks and the Denver Broncos are scheduled to play in the Super Bowl XLVIII football game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014. (AP Photo) AP

It seems to be a foregone conclusion that Marshawn Lynch has played his final game with the Seattle Seahawks.

With injuries limiting Lynch to just seven games in 2015, a drop in production in the games he did play in, and a contract that would provide significant salary cap relief if Lynch is released, the marriage between Lynch and the Seahawks has reached an obvious breaking point.

Michael Robinson of the NFL Network played four seasons with Lynch in Seattle and calls the mercurial running back “my best friend.” In an interview with Dave “Softy” Mahler of 950 KJR in Seattle from the Super Bowl, Robinson said it’s likely Lynch’s tenure with the Seahawks is over.

I think it’s fair to assume that,” he said. “I really do and I think for the last few years, whether it’s been bringing in Percy (Harvin), whether it’s been bringing in Jimmy Graham, they’ve been trying to bring in people around Russell (Wilson) so that they don’t necessarily need Marshawn. I don’t think that’s a slight to Marshawn, just after a while, a back gets older, still wants more money. A team has to be prepared to get younger at some point. And I think the injury didn’t help this year. The fact that he didn’t get the yards that he usually gets didn’t help this year. So we’ll see.”

Robinson said he knows what Lynch plans to do but that “it’s not my responsibility to tell.”

The Seahawks would save $6.5 million against the salary cap for 2016 by releasing Lynch. With Michael Bennett and Kam Chancellor still unhappy about their contracts, and Doug Baldwin in prime position to ask for more money after tying for the league lead with 14 touchdown receptions last season, the money saved by moving on from Lynch could be put to better use.

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30 Responses to “Michael Robinson says it’s “fair to assume” Marshawn Lynch is done in Seattle”
  1. bigjayoakersonfan says: Feb 5, 2016 3:58 AM

    The very fact that a dude goes by the nickname ‘softy’ is bizarre enough, throw in the fact that every time he’s referenced in an article “quotes” have to be put around his name, and you suddenly feel compelled to log into the local sex-offender registry.

  2. omeimontis says: Feb 5, 2016 4:32 AM

    The Sea Squawks GM is hoping that Lynch will retire, but Lynch may not want to do that, because he is scheduled to make more than $10 million for 2016. The Squawks may well release him, not because they want to give more money to Baldwin, Bennett and Chancellor, but because they have a bunch of free agents to try to re-sign, many of them starters. These include LB Bruce irvin, DT Brandon Mebane, DT Ahtyba Rubin, CB Jeremy Lane, CB/SS DeShawn Shead, T Russell Okung, G JR Sweezy, WR Jermaine Kearse, C Patrick Lewis and also some reserves they may want to keep. Even if Lynch retires, they don’t have the ap space to re-sign many of these starters. The Sea Squawks barely made the playoffs this season. If they lose more talent, they may miss the playoffs next season and the seasons after that.

  3. omeimontis says: Feb 5, 2016 4:37 AM

    The Squawks can play hard ball with Bennett, Baldwin and Chancellor because they are all under contract for 2016. They cannot do the same with their unsigned free agents. Smart tems around the league can sign some of these players because the Sea Squawks just does not have enough money to re-sign them all. Teams like Oakland and Atlanta, which have coaches who used to work in Seattle, may be eyeing some of these free agents.

  4. pintheb says: Feb 5, 2016 6:43 AM


  5. qdog112 says: Feb 5, 2016 7:08 AM

    But then the world can no longer BLAME Russell Wilson’s success on Beast Mode. They might have to actually acknowledge that Wilson is one of the best QBs to come along in a long time.

    Just off the Pro Bowl MVP (actually should’ve won his rookie year as well) people will have to give him credit and stop the nonsense.

  6. cmoney20 says: Feb 5, 2016 7:43 AM

    Idk call me Johny Manziel (aka crazy) but I find Michael Robinson pretty annoying.

  7. dfwhawkguy says: Feb 5, 2016 7:53 AM

    Retire, bruh. Don’t be one of those guys…

  8. wny49er says: Feb 5, 2016 8:02 AM

    Beast Mode goes out with a whimper in Seattle.

  9. seattlesue427 says: Feb 5, 2016 8:14 AM

    Loved him as a Seahawk and I’ll wish him well wherever he lands. The fact that Rawls performed so well in Lynch’s absence kind of sealed the deal I think. Good luck Beast!

  10. stoopidfool says: Feb 5, 2016 8:33 AM

    he will look great in a pats uniform

  11. phuzzball says: Feb 5, 2016 8:51 AM

    ReLeased Mode!

  12. snowdood163 says: Feb 5, 2016 9:21 AM

    Why do Bennett and chancellor need new contracts? Aren’t they both playing on contracts that were signed recently? I’m sick of pft being the lobbyists for these selfish players that think they need a raise after every good year they have.

  13. sandersmarcus10 says: Feb 5, 2016 9:22 AM

    The NFL is all about what have you done for me lately and especially having an undrafted back do so well.

  14. ejm845 says: Feb 5, 2016 9:24 AM

    he’s gona force his release and finish his carrier with new england

  15. orandegadsen says: Feb 5, 2016 9:24 AM

    It’s fair to assume marshawn lynch has an IQ around that of salad dressing. Guy will be broke 2years after retiring.

  16. jjackwagon says: Feb 5, 2016 9:31 AM

    For the homers talking about him going to the Pats, you better hope so. Your run game is shameful.

  17. iamtomzo says: Feb 5, 2016 9:52 AM

    Come home to Oakland!

  18. schmitty2 says: Feb 5, 2016 9:56 AM

    Bennett is not worth more than what he being paid right now. Before the season you could MAYBE argue Chancellor was worth more than his salary was but he looked completely lost and out of place on numerous occasions. Baldwin’s 14 tds were a complete anomaly. He has never put up more than WR3 numbers before.

  19. trollhammer20 says: Feb 5, 2016 9:56 AM

    As great as he played over the past few seasons, the offense was better last year when he was not in the lineup.

    That’s the harsh reality of being a 30 year old RB in the NFL.

  20. tylereifertisunstoppable says: Feb 5, 2016 9:59 AM

    He’s done. It seems his desire to keep going is gone. Maybe he should just stick to commercials that insinuate that he is (and it’s) cool to be insubordinate, unaccountable, and that you’re going to get paid for doing nothing. Speech mode Boss…

  21. joenash72 says: Feb 5, 2016 10:22 AM

    Hey Hey Hey !!!

    Stop Freakin’ and

    Get Beacon😉

  22. seabrawk12 says: Feb 5, 2016 10:53 AM

    Man, a great player is reaching the end of terrific tenure with a team. He ran hard, got a ring, and made bank. And the majority of comments are nothing but turds and trolls. It’s obvious fans of opposing teams will be fearful of the hawks for years to come. Good luck Marshawn on whatever you do. Number 24 will always remain hanging on my cave wall. And to the sad and lowly haters. . .see you next season. Go HAWKS

  23. nhpats says: Feb 5, 2016 10:59 AM

    qdog112 says:
    Feb 5, 2016 7:08 AM
    But then the world can no longer BLAME Russell Wilson’s success on Beast Mode. They might have to actually acknowledge that Wilson is one of the best QBs to come along in a long time.

    Just off the Pro Bowl MVP (actually should’ve won his rookie year as well) people will have to give him credit and stop the nonsense.


    Pro Bowl MVP? LOL!!!!!!!

  24. omeimontis says: Feb 5, 2016 11:09 AM

    Russell Wilson’s road record in the playoffs is 2-2. One of the two wins was a come from behind victory when RGIII hurt his knee after giving the Skins the lead. The other win happened because Minnesota missed a 27 yard field goal. That means he could have easily been 0-4 in road playoff games.

    Wilson is 1-1 in the Super Bowl. His record in the playoffs at home is 4-0, but he could have lost 2 of those games. He was saved by a tipped pass by Richard Sherman in the game against SF. He was saved by some miracle catches by his receivers and a successful onside kick in the Green Bay game. His record shows that he has been very lucky. Although sometimes it is better to be lucky than good, nobody can rely on luck. The last couple few times the Squawks tried onside kicks, they were unsuccessful, for example, including the one they tried in the Carolina game.

  25. meximyke says: Feb 5, 2016 11:15 AM

    YaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaH! Bye Bye!!!!

  26. omeimontis says: Feb 5, 2016 11:20 AM

    Paraphrasing a famous character in the sitcom Seinfeld:

    “No Soup(-er Bowl) for you, Sea Squawks!”

  27. Seprix says: Feb 5, 2016 11:23 AM

    Keep Lynch for next year!

    -Signed, the 49ers, Rams, and Cardinals

  28. seacougvegas says: Feb 5, 2016 12:41 PM

    If he retires he will have to repay about 4 million in signing bonus money. The team will either have to forgo that money or come to some other agreement to let him retire. Most likely he will let the team cut him then he won’t have to repay anything. This talk of going to New England is stupid if he wanted to play for a Super bowl contending team he’d stay in Seattle. The only team he really wants to play for is his hometown Oakland Raiders.

  29. islandfocus2 says: Feb 5, 2016 12:45 PM

    GO HAWKS 2016!!!

  30. Marsh1976 says: Feb 5, 2016 5:49 PM

    Today has been declared Beast Mode Day in Oakland as Marshawn opens his new store.

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