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Marshawn Lynch contemplates retirement, again

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Stop me if you’re heard this one before. (Actually, you have. But I’ll keep going anyway.)

Marshawn Lynch is telling people close to him that he intends to retire, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

It’s the third straight offseason involving talk of Lynch retiring. Two years ago, Lynch reportedly had told teammates he may retire if the Seahawks win Super Bowl XLVIII (they did). Last year, former teammate Michael Robinson said repeatedly that Lynch could walk away.

Last year, Robinson laughed and said it’s a “good hypothesis” that Lynch possibly was pondering retirement in order to squeeze more money out of the Seahawks. This year, the talk of retirement comes at a time when the Seahawks undoubtedly are planning to dump Lynch’s $9 million base salary, especially since heir-to-the-‘Mode Thomas Rawls will make only $525,000 in 2016.

Which means it makes more sense for Lynch to do nothing, unless and until the Seahawks cut him. If he retires, he’ll owe the team $5 million. At a minimum, he should negotiate a retirement scenario that entails giving the Seahawks the cap savings they’d receive by cutting him without forcing him to pay back bonus money. And if the Seahawks could persuade Lynch to agree to a term that would require him to pay back the $2.5 million if he ever plays for another team, Seattle would save a little face if Lynch decides to suit up for the Raiders or someone else in 2016.

If Lynch has any desire to explore playing for another team in 2016, he should resist retiring and wait for the Seahawks to cut him. Which they inevitably will do.

The real question is whether Lynch indeed would like to play for another team. The decision could hinge on how much money a new team would offer. Ravens running back Justin Forsett, a close friend of Lynch’s, was tight-lipped on the subject during a visit to PFT Live, repeatedly “pleading the Fifth” as to Marshawn’s plans.

Which means there’s a real chance Lynch, a first-round draft pick of the Bills in 2007, will suit up in 2016 with his third NFL team.

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43 Responses to “Marshawn Lynch contemplates retirement, again”
  1. karmathaitch says: Feb 7, 2016 11:08 AM

    Do something!

  2. golforepar says: Feb 7, 2016 11:09 AM

    The guy is all talk. Its easy Shut it, retire or both!

  3. pastabelly says: Feb 7, 2016 11:12 AM

    Seattle has another cheaper better version of a lead running back. There’s no controversy at this point and Seattle doesn’t have a gun to its head. The shoe is on the other foot.

  4. hawkforlife says: Feb 7, 2016 11:12 AM

    And why do you say the Seahawks could save face? They got maximum return on a trade no one else was able to make. Lynch owes nothing to the team and the team owes nothing to Lynch.

  5. deezenucks says: Feb 7, 2016 11:12 AM

    Loved watching beast mode, hate him or love him he was one of the few truly entertaining backs in the league.

  6. pft264 says: Feb 7, 2016 11:12 AM

    Lynch has made such a big deal about not being a big deal, it’s tiresome. Retire & stuff your mouth full of Skittles. Go away.

  7. coltsreign says: Feb 7, 2016 11:13 AM

    ” if Lynch decides to suit up for the Raiders or someone else in 2016.”

    LOL
    Way to throw the Raiders under the bus

  8. brianav036 says: Feb 7, 2016 11:14 AM

    The Seahawks have their RB….Nobody cares this time.

  9. MichaelEdits says: Feb 7, 2016 11:15 AM

    Oh, wait a minute. Did I remember to act surprised?

  10. typicalnipple says: Feb 7, 2016 11:25 AM

    It’s important to contemplate. Ask Big John Football.

  11. nflfolly says: Feb 7, 2016 11:26 AM

    Nobody cares .

  12. number1hawkfan says: Feb 7, 2016 11:28 AM

    Seahawks need to save face?? Actually, that’s what I like about John and Pete. They save face by doing the right thing. Did they save face when they paid matt Flynn to sit on the bench when they decided to start Russell Wilson as a rookie? Did they save face by trading for Percy Harvin and then cutting him. Most teams would have played Flynn to save face. Most teams would have given Percy another year. Love the way the Seahawks make football decisions not media and fan base decisions. Hope for Jimmy Graham’s sake he can come back strong from his knee injury or he’ll be next. The haters and media will rip the Seahawks for it but they don’t care. Every team tries things like the Hawks did with these guys and sometimes it works sometimes it doesn’t. The key is to not compound it by “saving face”.

  13. morr24 says: Feb 7, 2016 11:28 AM

    Who cares…………why do I sense that much of this retirement talk with players has more to do with ego and tactics than sensibilities.

  14. seatownballers says: Feb 7, 2016 11:30 AM

    Thanks for everything. You put us on the map, helped get the first Lombardi trophy, and made millions.
    I say it’s a win – win

  15. aaronwest says: Feb 7, 2016 11:34 AM

    He is the anti-Favre.

  16. bossytrottiergillies says: Feb 7, 2016 11:44 AM

    Another side effect of CTE

  17. joenash72 says: Feb 7, 2016 11:48 AM

    Think he plays out making the decision for all it’s worth — helps promote his BeastMode line. He just opened his first BeastMode store in Oakland last week.

    As a Seahawk fan, appreciate him helping Seattle win a trophy.

    If he wants to go and play for his hometown Raiders, more power to him. Maybe he helps lead the charge for a new stadium😉

  18. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Feb 7, 2016 11:50 AM

    If Lynch retires, Eddie Lazy will take over for him as the ‘big back’ of the NFL. Unless Eddie continues to eat too much. And stays fat and lazy.

  19. myhawks1976 says: Feb 7, 2016 11:51 AM

    Save face? What face is there to save? Beast had good years here, helped us to two Super Bowls, was a vital part of winning one, and was the engine of the offense, while RW was brought along slowly. Beast owes us nothing, and we owe him nothing but respect and thanks for all that he gave. If he decides to sign somewhere else and carry on his career, I wish him the best. If he decides to retire, then I hope he finds happiness in his Family 1st Foundation and enjoys sleeping in.

    Go Hawks.

  20. floratiotime says: Feb 7, 2016 11:58 AM

    Maybe he can open a 7-11 with Calvin?

  21. 13arod says: Feb 7, 2016 12:03 PM

    One of the biggest drama queens in the NFL, stop threatening to retire again we all know ur act already “beast mode”

  22. carp0056 says: Feb 7, 2016 12:06 PM

    Prison and broke in 5 Years . Bank on it.

  23. rrhoe says: Feb 7, 2016 12:10 PM

    Retirement talk, must be the off season officially.

  24. Iknowitall says: Feb 7, 2016 12:12 PM

    golforepar says:
    Feb 7, 2016 11:09 AM
    The guy is all talk. Its easy Shut it, retire or both!

    ************************

    According to Ian Rappaport, Marshawn has spent absolutely NONE of his football salaries since entering the league. He has lived solely off of his endorsement earnings, and has saved 100% of his paychecks.
    That means, after taxes, he should have around $40,000,000 in BANK!!!

    He can talk all he wants as far as I am concerned, he has made smart, sound decisions, and is perfectly set up for retirement.

    Maybe it is internet clowns who should SHUT IT

  25. pencilmonkeymagic says: Feb 7, 2016 12:25 PM

    golforepar says:
    Feb 7, 2016 11:09 AM
    The guy is all talk. Its easy Shut it, retire or both!

    – – –

    All talk? The guy who doesn’t speak at all is ‘all talk’?

  26. golforepar says: Feb 7, 2016 12:26 PM

    Iknow, Your interest in Lynchs fan club is obvious but if its not him its Sherman who loves to talk. btw did you get on the Seahawks bandwagon in 2011 or 2012?

  27. nhpats says: Feb 7, 2016 12:27 PM

    Upon realizing he was part of a one-year-dynasty, Lynch wants to call it quits.

  28. seatownballers says: Feb 7, 2016 12:30 PM

    carp0056 says:Feb 7, 2016 12:06 PM

    Prison and broke in 5 Years . Bank on it.

    Only thing to bank on is your ignorance. 9 years in the leash, and he has made 5 mill a year in endorsements. Saved every penny from the nfl. He has 50 mill in the bank from the nfl alone. Plus his business ventures. Read the report on yahoo released this morning. He is smarter than you think, and richer then you’ll ever be. Admit he is retiring on top, and you are full of envy. He is laughing louder

  29. nhpats says: Feb 7, 2016 12:34 PM

    seatownballers says:
    Feb 7, 2016 12:30 PM
    carp0056 says:Feb 7, 2016 12:06 PM

    Prison and broke in 5 Years . Bank on it.

    Only thing to bank on is your ignorance. 9 years in the leash, and he has made 5 mill a year in endorsements. Saved every penny from the nfl. He has 50 mill in the bank from the nfl alone. Plus his business ventures. Read the report on yahoo released this morning. He is smarter than you think, and richer then you’ll ever be. Admit he is retiring on top, and you are full of envy. He is laughing louder

    ————-

    Lynch was a great player no doubt. The Seahawks will be sorry to lose him in the end. Maybe Pete Carroll should have fed him the ball at the end of last year’s SB. Oh well, Seattle had a good run….

  30. jag1959 says: Feb 7, 2016 12:47 PM

    Business is business. Why would he do anything other than sit tight and wait for them to cut him? Same with Calvin Johnson.

  31. bigbamboom1 says: Feb 7, 2016 1:18 PM

    I’ll add a point to the excellent comments above about Lynch’s exceptional money management prowess. It was also reported a few years ago (maybe when he was in Buffalo), that despite his outward personality; Lynch was exceptionally smart at a very difficult University (UCAL Berkley). And that he graduated with a GPA of 3.4 (in Business, Finance or Economics?) from that esteemed University. The guy is smart. Very smart!

  32. breadmeatcheese says: Feb 7, 2016 1:33 PM

    Beach Mode. Hang up Cleats Mode. Teach Rookie symposium Mode. $114 Sweatpants Mode! Holy cheese Mode!

  33. chawk12thman says: Feb 7, 2016 1:45 PM

    Too early to know exactly how it will turn out.

  34. voiceofrealism says: Feb 7, 2016 1:46 PM

    If he retires, I’m guessing broke and/or dead within 5 years.

  35. thebirdofprey says: Feb 7, 2016 1:53 PM

    Beast Mode was truly something special and he created some amazing NFL moments with Seattle and he is beloved. His body started breaking down this year and and Lynch played the game as physical as any player in the history of the game.

    Seattle needs to move on with Rawls. He is an up and coming RB and huge discount on the cap at the moment. Offensive line needs to be addressed whether its resigning Okung or Sweezy (not the biggest fan of).

  36. radrntn says: Feb 7, 2016 2:06 PM

    give a shout out to Oakland Beast Mode, and ask Calvin Johnson the same thing.

  37. boknowsvt says: Feb 7, 2016 2:07 PM

    Come on over to Oakland. Woodson just retired so #24 is available.

  38. jshawaii22 says: Feb 7, 2016 2:08 PM

    One of the greatest trades in the history of the NFL.. if you’re a Seahawk fan. Thanks Buffalo!

    He is who he is, and with his lifestyle and new found media fame (trademarking Beastmode, for instance) he will come out of this with a lifetime of memories and some good $$$.

    More power to him. It’s a fair trade off if he ‘retires’ vs. the team having the cut him (by the way, there is no guarantee they would do that. So far it’s all media hype)

    The Seahawks got their first big national push since 2005 with the BeastQuake, got the RING with him and if he retires, he won’t play against us.

    Go Beast. Thank you for the memories, if this is the end.

  39. curmudgeon13 says: Feb 7, 2016 2:40 PM

    If this is true, thank you Beast Mode. You were the heartbeat of the greatest period in Seattle Seahawk history…….

  40. browns2014man says: Feb 7, 2016 3:25 PM

    Dude will be broke in 3 years.

  41. gomez163 says: Feb 7, 2016 3:29 PM

    Lynch will now discover that no one, absolutely no one will care who or what he is now. I hope he didnt spend all his money because that is all he will ever make,

  42. urbusted2 says: Feb 7, 2016 4:44 PM

    It’s all about me not caring boss.

  43. henry53 says: Feb 7, 2016 5:29 PM

    NO team, not even the Raiders, would be stupid enough to pay big money to an aging, head-case running back.

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