Is Marshawn Lynch Really Retiring? Some People Aren’t Totally Convinced
Seattle Seahawks’ running back, Marshawn Lynch, announced his retirement during the Super Bowl via Twitter. On May 5th, the Seahawks officially placed Lynch on the reserve/retired list. However, former teammate Richard Sherman is not completely convinced we’ve seen the last of Beast Mode. At a football camp this weekend, Sherman said:
”I don’t put anything past him. He’s about as predictable as a pair of dice. So I don’t try to call his plays.”
Sherman elaborated further on the team’s outlook going forward and offered his perspective — should Lynch remain retired.
“But it’s obviously going to be different. We got a little sample of it last year. We had to play without him for a good portion of the season. I think we’re prepared for it in some aspects, but you never really want to be prepared for that. You would hope that he comes back. In the back of your mind, you hope he comes back and plays another year, but he doesn’t owe us anything. He’s given us everything. He’s given the game everything we asked,” added Sherman — a major voice of the Seahawks.
Seahawks’ GM John Schneider made comments earlier this month on NBC Sports Radio, which also conveyed some uncertainty. When asked if Lynch will stay retired he said, ”It seems like it.” Schneider’s actions during the draft later in May certainly indicate he believes Lynch is done playing football. The Seahawks selected 3 running backs in the draft; C.J.Prosise of Notre Dame in the 3rd round, Alex Collins of Arkansas in the 5th round and Zac Brooks of Clemson in the 7th.
They also re-signed Christine Michael in addition to the return of Thomas Rawls, who excelled when Lynch missed time due to injury last season. Rawls, just 22 years-old, led the NFL with a 5.6 yards per carry average and is expected to be Lynch’s main replacement.
Lynch is 30 years-old, which is approaching elderly status in terms of NFL running backs. Considering his violent running style, he’s certainly absorbed plenty of punishment while dishing it out. It’s not out of the question that he’s had enough of it. Last season, it started to show as his health and production both declined. He only appeared in 7 games, rushing for just 417 yards and 3 TDs while averaging just 3.8 ypc.
The previous 4 seasons, the bruising Lynch averaged 1,339 yards, 12 TDs, and 4.54 ypc. During that time, he also averaged 295 carries a season, a rarity in this era of 2-back systems and running back preservation.
That heavy workload may have taken enough of a toll that Beast Mode hangs up his cleats for good.
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