Seattle Seahawks Place Marshawn Lynch on Retired List; Decision to Retire Now Official
The Seattle Seahawks announced that they placed former running back Marshawn Lynch on the retirement list on Thursday. This makes his known retirement more official. By placing him on the list now, before June 1st, the Seahawks decided they will pay all of Lynch’s remaining $5 million this season. If they would have opted to file his paper after June 1, they could have divided the cap charge equally between this year and next.
We all remember the picture Lynch posted on social media during Super Bowl 50 of the hanging cleats, implying he would be retiring. However, since then, we haven’t really heard from Lynch. That doesn’t come with much surprise though, as we all know how much Lynch disliked addressing the media.
Lynch was drafted in 2007 by the Buffalo Bills and played for them until 2010, when he went to the Seahawks. He was productive in Buffalo, but his career really took off in Seattle. He helped them win a Super Bowl and reach another one. He helped put Seattle on the map by leading a bruising rushing attack to go with a dominating defense.
He rushed for over 6,000 and scored 57 times for the Hawks. The run known now as the “Beast Quake” is arguably one of the best runs in NFL playoff history. New Orleans Saints’ defenders are probably still losing sleep over it to this day. Lynch’s run-through rather than run-around approach to carrying the rock will surely be missed as well as his charismatic interviews with the media.
Lynch finishes his career with 9,112 yards, 74 touchdowns and one unforgettable quote; “I’m just here so I won’t get fined.”
What’s Next for the Seahawks?
With Marshawn Lynch out of the picture now, the Seahawks will look to find the next running back to lead their backfield. Thomas Rawls played very well last year and looks to be the obvious starter moving forward. As a rookie last year, Rawls rushed for 830 yards and an NFL-best 5.6 yards per carry.
How do you replace a guy as dominant as Marshawn Lynch? Well, you can’t simply plug a new guy in and expect the same results. However, you can plug a slew of guys in and hope for the best. This is exactly the approach the Seahawks took with the selection of three running backs in the draft: C.J. Prosise, Alex Collins and Zac Brooks.
Thomas Rawls is still very young (23) and the crop of running backs selected in the draft are all very talented. Pair these guys with the already franchised quarterback, Russel Wilson, and the Seahawks are in good position from a backfield standpoint moving forward.
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