BY SPNW Staff 11:47AM 01/22/2016

Schneider thinks Lynch ‘leaning to retirement’

Although claiming no special knowledge, Seahawks GM John Schneider told 710 ESPN Friday that he’s under the impression Marshawn Lynch is considering retirement.

Marshawn Lynch is slated to earn $9 million in base salary next year. / Drew McKenzie, Sportspress Northwest

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.


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  • Mavis Jarvis

    For his sake, I hope Lynch does retire. He is likely past his prime as a player, he has a Super Bowl Ring, and he is a multi-millionaire. Why take the additional long-term punishment another season will put on his body and his brain? My advice to Marshawn is to quit while he’s ahead and enjoy the rest of his life.

    • Topcatone

      $9 million dollars??? I personally would like him to stay, and split time with Rawls…that way both would not get worn out, and would give great flexibility to the offense by having two different look, talented running backs. And, if one gets injured…

      • art thiel

        I’m not persuaded the Beast does part-time work.

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    • art thiel

      That’s certainly the conventional wisdom. Marshawn has never been conventional.

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  • bugzapper

    “Schneider thinks” That’s reassuring. The rest of it is just speculative bs.

    • art thiel

      Schneider is setting the table. It wasn’t an accident that he went on the radio and planted that seed.

      • bugzapper

        Of COURSE that’s what he’s doing. But every media outlet played it HUGE. Dumb, stupid, over-reactive, desperate-for-filler media.

  • Stephen Pitell

    Come on, another no news article on Lynch? Why not weigh in on whether we keep Graham at 9 million?

    • art thiel

      Anytime Schneider speaks on Lynch, it’s news. Graham isn’t going anywhere.

  • coug73

    Lynch, needs to know his limitations. Walk away, while you can walk.

    • art thiel

      Do you think Kobe Bryant knows his limitations?

      • coug73

        Kobe is a slow learner. But, I hear he’s retiring. I’m sure ego and money muddy the reasoning processes.

        For many HS and College players the decision on leaving the sport happens early and no fanfare.

  • PokeyPuffy

    his physical health and contract issues are one thing, but the impact he has on play calling is also a big consideration. This fan would not look forward to another season of force feeding Lynch, regardless of his condition….

    • art thiel

      Force-feeding is rare, but we saw it on the first play at CAR. That was on Carroil/Bevell.

      • PokeyPuffy

        yes there’s that. I also think any run/run/pass/punt sequence is a victim of Lynch hubris.

  • Warchild_70

    For your health you need to retire Beastie. Your run here has been off the hook but this year father time caught up with you. I will always remember beast quake and how you run like a run-a-way locomotive. I have seen the best RBs, John Riggins, Rocky Blier, Larry Zonka etc. etc. and how they were used until they had to retire. I leave with a big ol’ blessing on your huge heart. Fair winds and following seas to ye. 12 for life, GO HAWKS!