Will Beast Mode fade from the NFL limelight in 2015
According to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times, general manager John Schneider is not sure whether star running back Marshawn Lynch will return to the NFL in 2015.
In a radio interview on ESPN 710 in Seattle on Tuesday, Schneider had this to say about Lynch.
“Whether or not he (Lynch) wants to play next year, I can’t answer that. I don’t know if he knows at this juncture.”
In discussing what might play into Lynch’s decision, Schneider looked at two long seasons for the team and how that may have impacted the veteran running back.
It’s hard for these guys,” he said. “We’ve played a lot of football these last two years, and especially the way this guy runs the ball. It’s taxing on his body. And so he needs to reset himself and get in that mind frame of ‘okay, I’m ready to get moving here again and get prepared for another season of this.’ And so obviously we’d like to have a decision as quickly as we could so we can move forward. But we’d love to have him back.”
This isn’t the first time the NFL rumor mill fired up about Lynch potentially retiring prior to the start of the 2014 season. However, this could’ve been a power play by Lynch who was looking for a long-term extension from the team. Remember last year, Lynch actually held out of camp for a week prior to the Seahawks throwing an additional $1.5 million of guaranteed cash his way. Marshawn’s all about those Benjamins!
Slated to count $8.5 million against the cap in 2015, there was some in-season talk that Seattle was going to move on from Lynch after the year. That was quickly quieted following a report that the team was prepared to offer him a lucrative extension.
The only thing that is certain about Lynch is that he’s unpredictable. No one really knows what he’s going to do ultimately. But the NFL clock is ticking…
The Seahawks must be sweating a little bit! Even though they have two young running backs in the form of Christine Michael and Robert Turbin, this is a team that needs to know what its roster situation is going to look like heading into free agency next month.
Lynch may be making the utlimate Machiavellian move on his contract value…or he may be actually retiring. We shall see.
Last season, Lynch, 28, put up 1,673 total yards and a league-leading 17 touchdowns from the running back position last year.