Report: Marshawn Lynch not planning to play football again

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Marshawn Lynch is reportedly walking away from the NFL.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Lynch is not planning to play football again. Lynch spent the last two seasons with the Raiders and is not under contract for the 2019 season.

Lynch has stepped away from the game in the past. He announced his retirement on the same day as Super Bowl 50 in 2016, but reversed course the next year and the Seahawks traded him to the Raiders in April 2017.

That change of heart means that one can’t rule out Lynch’s plans changing in the future. Going back to play in his hometown was the impetus for his earlier course correction, however, and the expectation is that there won’t be a team in Oakland beyond the 2019 season. That and his age — Lynch turned 33 this week — are reasons to think this retirement has a better chance of sticking.

The Raiders signed Isaiah Crowell as a free agent to go with Jalen Richard, DeAndre Washington and Chris Warren at running back. They could add to that group in this week’s draft.

51 responses to “Report: Marshawn Lynch not planning to play football again

  1. As a Bills fan… I will always remember Lynch for his beast mode run against the Saints. #BeastQuake

  2. That change of heart means that one can’t rule out Lynch’s plans changing in the future.
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    He should have stayed retired first time while relatively healthy. Groin & core-muscle injury ended his career Oct last yr. He now needs to sit on the dock of the bay and waste some time.

  3. I’m not going to put him in the HOF just yet, but he was definitely one of the most fun players to watch of all time.

  4. …Pete Carroll will forever go down in history for NOT running beast mode at the goal line vs Patriots. Even though everyone knew he suppose to get it ..he would have barreled in.

  5. Good player but time for the Raiders to move on. Go with Crowell and draft Jacobs from Alabama and that would be an upgrade over an old Lynch.

  6. jonathankrobinson424 says:
    April 24, 2019 at 7:53 am
    …Pete Carroll will forever go down in history for NOT running beast mode at the goal line vs Patriots. Even though everyone knew he suppose to get it ..he would have barreled in.
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    For heaven’s sake, for the millionth time – the reason Petey changed it up is because, THE VERY PLAY BEFORE, Lynch “beastmode” ran it and got STOPPED by Hightower. Pats were now bunched up ready again and so there was no reason to expect Lynch would do any better one play later without having even got this breath back. The problem wasn’t going to a pass, the problem was going to the same old tired pass play the Pats had seen so often that they practiced it over and over until even a rookie DB saw it straight away.

  7. 4.3 yrds per carry over the last 2 seasons. 10 TD.s scored….21 games played….

    He still had gas in the tank… But now he looks to take on more of a back up role and I not sure that is his MO.

    He was a stinging back and a work horse in his prime.

    So glad Carroll chose to pass verses giving him the ball….

  8. tough to have a power back in a west coast offense…Beast Mode is fun to watch, and i will miss the idea of him on our team…but he never really made sense…teams knew that when we were in I-form, it was a run to Lynch and when we were in shotgun or single-back, it was a pass.

  9. One of the most interesting players of his generation.

    I still don’t understand how the ‘Hawks don’t give him the ball on the Goalline vs the Pats.

    On the previous play he carried Hightower on his back for 5 yards. He was NOT going to be denied. He will be salty about that for the rest of his life, and he should be.

    My guess is that when he was in his prime, the power he ran with and through tackles was probably the closest thing to what it would have been like to see the speed and power of Jim Brown.

    Just my guess.

    Like I said earlier, he is a real interesting dude.

    I am glad he got a chance to play for his hometown Raiders, which he always wanted to do.

    Including the Playoffs, he scored over 100TDs and had over 11,000 Yards rushing.

    Possible Hall of Famer.

    I would vote him in.

  10. He got a lot of touches in the Seattle offense, but he was not used much at all his 2 seasons in Oakland. That may be one reason to hang it up. Sitting on the bench or not getting his number called is not that much fun.

  11. Including the Playoffs, he scored over 100TDs and had over 11,000 Yards rushing.

    Possible Hall of Famer.
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    672 yards and 6 tds in Seattles 2 Super Bowl runs (6 games)

    Other than Terrell Davis and Emmitt Smith, I can’t think of a better post-season runner.

  12. A great back who made some of the most iconic plays in the NFL. He was inspirational to the Raiders last year and played those years in Oaklawith his heart and not his wallett.

  13. Lynchs splits in 2014

    Inside the 10 – 29 att, 11 tds, 13 1st downs; 82.7%
    1-3 yards – 31/47; 65%
    3rd/4th & short – 20 for 20!! 17 1st downs, 3 tds; ONE HUDRED PERCENT

    The Pats weren’t stopping him.

    The mere notion they would have is hilarious.

  14. A great back who made some of the most iconic plays in the NFL. He was inspirational to the Raiders last year and played those years in Oakland with his heart and not his wallet. He is genuine and insanely smart even though he came off as head case. He is a very astute businessman who has helped his community and I for one am going to miss him. I’m going to buy some Skittles today in his honor. Good luck in life #24. Whatever you do in life Marshawn, it won’t be boring! Thanks for the memories.

  15. Please do not start the Hall of Fame stuff, this guy was entertaining to watch but he is not a hall of famer.
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    Beast Mode >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Bettis

  16. jonathankrobinson424 says: “Pete Carroll will forever go down in history for NOT running beast mode at the goal line vs Patriots. Even though everyone knew he suppose to get it ..he would have barreled in.”
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    FACTS:

    – Beast Mode Lynch was a pathetic 1-for-5 at the goal line that year (4-for-13 lifetime)
    – ranked 30th (of 39 RBs) over the previous five years at punching it in at the 1 yd line.
    – The 1 yd pass was marginally more successful in 2014 (108 pass plays with 66 TDs and zero INTs until Butler > 61.1% success) vs (223 run plays with 129 TDs and TWO fumble turnovers > 57.8% success)
    – Russell Wilson/OC Bevell had FIVE successful 1 yd TD passes in 2014 (Tony Moeaki, Zach Miller 2x, Kellen Davis, Golden Tate)
    – Most importantly, you had a veteran Lockette vs an UNDRAFTED ROOKIE last on the Patriots’ depth chart. Butler wasn’t even a signed free agent – he was a walk-on tryout at training camp.

  17. Beast Mode Lynch was a pathetic 1-for-5 at the goal line that year (4-for-13 lifetime)
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    False.

    He had 19 career scores from the 1 yard line, 14 as of 2014

  18. bleedredwhiteandblue66 says: April 24, 2019 at 9:24 am

    “Beast mode” riding off into the sunset. Did things his way. “beast mode ” phrase originated when Lynch was in Buffalo.
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    “Beastmode” most certainly did not originate in Buffalo. The nickname originated while he was in college at CAL.

  19. Report: Marshawn Lynch not planning to play football again.

    That’s because no one has offered him a contract

  20. aarons444 says:
    April 24, 2019 at 10:50 am
    Please do not start the Hall of Fame stuff, this guy was entertaining to watch but he is not a hall of famer.
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    Beast Mode >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Bettis
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    Lynch better than Bettis? I assume you are making a joke. If so that is funny. If you are serious that is also funny.

  21. I didn’t even know he was still playing…I guess going to Oakland with Chucky does that to a player. Kudos to him for “milking the clock” the last few years and picking up a few extra $$

  22. tommyribs says:
    April 24, 2019 at 9:10 am

    My guess is that when he was in his prime, the power he ran with and through tackles was probably the closest thing to what it would have been like to see the speed and power of Jim Brown.

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    Go watch some film of Earl Campbell and Bo Jackson. Lynch had a great career (taking nothing away from him), but he was not on the same level of the Tyler Rose, Bo or Mr. Brown when it comes to the speed and power combo. Besides all the NFL videos, there’s a great video on the net of Earl in college at UT. Where he starts to stiff arm a safety just outside the 5 yard line, picks up the safety with his stiff (left) arm from the 5 and catapults him several yards into the end zone during a touchdown run. I’d almost guarantee that you’ve never seen anything like it and probably never will again.

    Congrats to Marshawn Lynch on his outstanding career. And good luck in your retirement Beast Mode.

  23. HOF??????? You have to be kidding me!!!!!!! I get he ran hard. I get he had a decent career but these statistics don’t add up to a HOF career much less a first ballot as some have posted here.
    He was in the league for 11 years.
    Played in only 135 games out of a potential 176
    Played 16 games in a season only once in those 11 years
    Rushed 2441 times for 10379 yard for a 4.3 yard average ( decent)
    Fumbled 28 times
    Scored 84 rushing Td’s (hitting double digits 4 out 11 years the balance he score 8 or less per year)
    Caught 287 passes for 2214 yard for a 7.7 yards per catch. Scored 9 Td’s receiving
    There are 28 running backs in the hall of fame ( modern era) here are a few who are way above his class of running………
    He is no Marcus Allen
    He is no Thurman Thomas
    He is no Emmitt Smith
    He is no Gale Sayers
    He is no John Riggins
    He is no Walter Payton
    He is no Jim Brown
    He is no Barry Sanders
    He is no Curtis Martin
    He is no Tony Dorsett
    He is no Larry Csonka
    He is no Earl Campbell

  24. aarons444 says:

    April 24, 2019 at 11:21 am

    There wasn’t a better short-yardage back in the League while Lynch was with the Seahawks.

    Don’t fool yourself into believing otherwise.
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    I would take any of these guys for short yardage over beast mode
    •Eric Dickerson. …
    •Adrian Peterson. …
    •LaDainian Tomlinson. …
    •Emmitt Smith. …
    •Marshall Faulk. …
    •Barry Sanders. …
    •Walter Payton. …

  25. Lynch better than Bettis? I assume you are making a joke. If so that is funny. If you are serious that is also funny.
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    Bettis – 13 seasons
    13,266 rush yards
    15,111 yards from scrimmage
    94 tds
    731 post-season yards from scrimmage (14 games)
    3.39 post-season yards/att
    9 post-season tds

    Lynch – 12 seasons
    10,379 rushing yards
    12,593 yards from scrimmage
    93 tds
    1064 post-season scrimmage yards (11 games)
    4.85 post-season rush yards/att
    9 post-season tds

    Not joking.

    Lynch is as worth for the Hall as Bettis.

    That’s what happens when you elect unworthy members.

  26. I would take any of these guys for short yardage over beast mode
    •Eric Dickerson. …
    •Adrian Peterson. …
    •LaDainian Tomlinson. …
    •Emmitt Smith. …
    •Marshall Faulk. …
    •Barry Sanders. …
    •Walter Payton. …
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    More power to ya, bud.

    You only named 2 of Lynchs peers, and LTs prime didn’t overlap Beast Modes.

  27. If Jack Del Rio did not fired Musgrave but fired Norton and lastly had kept Latavius Murray over Lynch…he would still be headcoach and the Raiders would not have stumbled back to the bottom after their playoff appearance. Mack and Cooper would most likely be Raiders…what a mess.

  28. jonathankrobinson424 says:
    April 24, 2019 at 7:53 am
    …Pete Carroll will forever go down in history for NOT running beast mode at the goal line vs Patriots. Even though everyone knew he suppose to get it ..he would have barreled in.
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    Like he did the play before?

  29. Elliott and Barkley are obviously better than Crowell. But as far as other starters Crowell is just as good. I don’t th9nk the Raiders will hurt for an RB this year.

  30. “If Jack Del Rio did not fired Musgrave but fired Norton ”

    AGREE !! Raiders would have been a play off team in 2017,
    ” and lastly had kept Latavius Murray over Lynch…
    he would still be headcoach”

    Nah, Lynch wanted to be a Raider and Murray wanted to test FA market. JDR would have had to win a play off game to keep Gruden on MNF

    ” and the Raiders would not have stumbled back to the bottom after their playoff appearance. Mack and Cooper would most likely be Raiders…what a mess.”

    Mack wanted a ransom Yes, hes a great player, but hes only 1 guy. Cooper was just way to inconsistent

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