Although it has been widely assumed that the Seahawks will sever ties with running back Marshawn Lynch due to age (nearly 30), 2016 cap number ($11.5 million) and the emergence of Thomas Rawls, GM John Schneider told 710 ESPN Friday that might not be the case based upon what he’s been hearing.
“It’s my impression that he’s leaning towards retirement,” Schneider told the station.
If true, this marks the third consecutive off-season that Lynch has been said to be contemplating the end of his career, which began in 2007. Schneider hastened to add that he has no special knowledge of Lynch’s plans.
“I would have no idea,” he said. “I just know that we’re going to treat him with as much respect as we possibly can here and give him a little leeway to kind of find his way in terms of what he wants to do.”
Lynch is a nine-year veteran who has played with the Seahawks since early in the 2010 season following his acquisition in a trade with Buffalo. He is under contract through 2017 after agreeing to an amended deal last year, but is coming off a season in which he sustained multiple injuries.
A sports hernia surgery sidelined Lynch from Nov. 15 through Seattle’s wild card game at Minnesota. He returned to play against Carolina in a divisional playoff game, in which he managed 20 yards on six attempts after the Seahawks fell behind 31-0 and were forced to abandon the run.
Lynch was limited to 111 carries and 417 yards during the regular season while playing in seven games.
Lynch is scheduled to earn a base salary of $9 million in 2016, but the salary is not guaranteed.