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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Marshawn Lynch will consider retirement following the season.

Per Rapoport, Beast Mode contemplated walking away after the Super Bowl title last year. RapSheet continues to insist the Seahawks will cut Lynch in the offseason thanks to his inflated salary and "their desire to rework the locker room around Russell Wilson." Lynch may make the decision for them, but one way he may keep playing is if OL coach Tom Cable gets a head-coaching job. The two are extremely close, and Cable loves the power run game. Lynch will turn 29 in April.
Source: NFL.com

 

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I can't say I'd be shocked, it doesn't seem like he really enjoys it, maybe it's just the public side of the game he doesn't enjoy but that's such a big part of the job of an NFL player, he seems like someone who just wants to exist in anonymity, which you can't really do in professional sports today

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He should. He busts his ass for Seattle and somebody in that organization continues to be the source of all of these ridiculous media stories about friction. One of two things are going on in Seattle. There's a snake in the locker room they can't identify, or they're truly ungrateful to the one player who they absolutely do not win a Super Bowl without.

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He'll end up in Arizona next season, and kick the Seahawks ass twice a year. :bookit:

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In a radio interview on ESPN 710 Seattle Tuesday, Seahawks general manager John Schneider made the strongest statement yet from the organization that retirement is indeed a possibility for the Seattle star running back, saying Lynch has yet to make a decision about playing in 2015.

General manager John Schneider candidly provided a glimpse into the team's offseason plan in a press conference Tuesday.

"Whether or not he wants to play next year, I can't answer at this point. I don't think he knows yet," Schneider said of Lynch. "Obviously we would like a decision as soon as possible so we can make a decision and move on if we need to."

 

http://blogs.seattletimes.com/seahawks/2015/02/10/seahawks-general-manager-schneider-says-rb-marshawn-lynch-mulling-retirement/

 

Here we go, as promised by Vin in November..

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Things will be way different around here when he steps down. He's got a chance to make some more fat stacks next year though. Deep down I think he knows Beast Mode must continue to defy the myths of the doubters such as RBs being peaked by 28, not able to sustain physical style and never be ruled out for games, etc. He doesn't have a litter of kids and youth games to be at or anything. The fact that every football fan in the world wants to have been able to see what he would have done on 2nd & goal is like as good of a curtain call as any. His calling in life is to run people the **** over. And donate as many millions to his alma communities in Oaktown as he can of course. :yep:

 

Besides, who has ever retired when losing the superbowl right after being that close the year before. He's one more ring and dominant season away from legendaryness.

 

Article: 5 Things We Learned From Schneider Presser

 

http://www.seahawks.com/news/articles/article-1/Five-things-we-learned-from-Seahawks-general-manager-John-Schneider-on-710-ESPN-Seattle/79209f87-b803-4152-8ec4-3ac1517fa0f7

 

 

 

 

Key takeaways from Seahawks general manager John Schneider's Tuesday conversation with 710 ESPN Seattle

 

On Tuesday morning, Seahawks general manager John Schneider joined 710 ESPN Seattle for a conversation with "Brock and Salk" to discuss the team's approach to the offseason.

Here are five things we learned from Schneider's sit-down with 710:

 

 

1. The Seahawks Want Marshawn Lynch Back Next Season

 

Following the team's 28-24 defeat to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX, head coach Pete Carroll confirmed the club has been in negotiations with Marshawn Lynch.

The Seahawks running back's current contract expires after the 2015 season and Schneider reiterated the team wants Lynch around as long as he's willing.

"Regarding Marshawn, obviously we think he's a hell of a player," said Schneider. "We want to have him back. He knows that. His representatives know that. He knows that if he's back he's not going to be playing at the same number he was scheduled to make. He's a guy who's a heartbeat guy that we'd love to have back. Now whether or not he wants to play next year, I can't answer that. I don't know if he knows at this juncture.

 

"It's hard for these guys. This is a long season. 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 has to reset himself and get in that mind-frame of, 'OK, I'm ready to get moving here again and get prepared for another season of this.' Obviously, we'd like to have a decision as quickly as we could so we could move forward, but we'd love to have him back."

2. Russell Wilson Wants To Win For A Long Time

 

Under the NFL's collective bargaining agreement, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is eligible to sign a contract extension with the team this offseason. Schneider hinted at "outside-the-box" ways the Seahawks will assess Wilson's value moving forward.

"First and foremost, there's really no handbook for this job that we have other than the fact that we're going to do what's best for the organization - that's the number one thing," said Schneider. "I think Russell Wilson wants to win championships. We talk about being a consistent championship caliber football team and that means thinking outside-the-box a lot of times. We will do that with Russell.

 

"Russell knows there's certain dominoes that have to fall in line, or fall in place. I've talked to his agent now, much like several of our unrestricted free agents, and he knows. He gets it. He wants to win for a long time. I'm not going to get into specifics of contract negotiations or anything like that, other than to say that we're going to do what's best for this organization moving forward first and foremost and that does not mean that you just do exactly what everybody else has done around the League. I think that we've proven that we do things in the manner that we want to attack it."

3. He's Still Licking His Wounds From Super Bowl XLIX

 

With the NFL Combine set to take place next week in Indianapolis, Ind., free agency opening less than a month from now, and the NFL Draft in May, Schneider said this time of year is "everything" to him. Schneider said he and his personnel staff started preparing for free agency two months ago and the team held draft meetings in Phoenix, Ariz. in the lead-up to Super Bowl XLIX.

Yet despite the flurry of offseason activity on deck, Schneider admitted he's still "licking the wounds a little bit" from Seattle's ill-fated finish to the NFL's title game.

"I think the biggest thing for me is I feel bad for so many people, the gravity of it," he said. "I feel bad forKevin Williams not being able to win that world championship and the way he felt right after the game and the reason he came with us and joined this team. I feel bad for Russell [Wilson] throwing the pick right there. I feel bad for Marshawn [Lynch] not having the chance to win the game.Doug Baldwin beats [New England Patriots cornerback Darrelle] Revis a couple times and for one reason or another isn't able to get the ball. I think there's just so many people. Then it comes back to walking outside the locker room and seeing your son bawling his eyes out, you know? It's not just me. It's everybody, the coaches, all the players, and then remembering what it was like last year seeing all those people in the parade and I had talked for several years back just when I got here that, 'Hey, we do this every day for the fans and it's an entertainment business and we want to make everyone so proud.'

 

"Seeing all those fans out there last year really kind of like put that weight on my chest like, 'OK, there really are a lot of fans out there and they really truly care about this.' It's not just the people in that stadium. It reaches the whole Pacific Northwest here."

4. He Determines Who Loves The Game By The Way They Play It

Asked how the Seahawks have managed to find individuals who exude an unrivaled passion for the game of football, Schneider said he learns a great deal about a person's makeup by the way they carry themselves on the field.

"If you watch Marshawn Lynch run the ball in college you pretty much know that he loves playing football," said Schneider. "Earl Thomas, the way he ran in college, the way he ran to the ball. Going through it right now we're watching players that don't finish plays, and what is that? What does that mean to you? It means that there's a certain lack of intensity to them, and those players can't make it here. They will get passed over."

 

As an NFL talent evaluator, Schneider said he must be cautious of certain attributes.

"You get tricked by the speed, or the athleticism, or the up-side, and we've done that plenty of times here," he said. "You have to be able to avoid those mistakes. And if you do make those mistakes, you need to compensate for them as quickly as you possibly can."

5. He Submits A Game Report To Paul Allen Each Week

Schneider revealed that after each Seahawks game he submits a game evaluation to team owner Paul Allen. Schneider said analyzing the Seahawks' Super Bowl loss was particularly difficult because so much focus has been placed on the game's final play.

"My job is to kind of step back and analyze the whole game, and when you look at the whole game we started out offensively and we had three three-and-outs," said Schneider. "In a Super Bowl, that's not real great. Jeremy [Lane] makes a great play [interception], he's out [with a broken wrist]. We've got some shuffling on defense. We had 11 missed tackles. We gave up 196 yards after the catch - that's the most we gave up all season next to the San Diego game, I think we were at 156 or 157, right in there."

 

Even with the game's unfortunate outcome, Schneider said Allen understands and is excited about how the Seahawks are focused on continuing to push the envelope throughout all aspects of the organization.

"We're always going to feel that stretch right down there at the end," Schneider said of Super Bowl XLIX. "We're always going to feel that. It's going to sting. But we always talk around here like there's no finish line. We're moving forward. We were moving forward before that game and we have a plan in place and we're going to keep attacking it."

 

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Per Rotoworld.com:

Yahoo's Rand Getlin reports the Seahawks have offered Marshawn Lynch a deal that would pay him between $11 million and $12 million in 2015.
The deal would span either two or three years, and include $9 million in 2016. "It's not clear whether Lynch is inclined to accept it," reports Getlin. The Seahawks seem to be using media reports like this one to put pressure on Lynch, who was reportedly disenchanted by coaches and management during the 2014 season. Although Lynch may need more time to make his decision, we suspect this generous pay day will be hard for him to pass up. Feb 21 - 3:57 PM
Source: Yahoo Sports

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Per Rotoworld.com:

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Seahawks have reached a revised contract with Marshawn Lynch, ensuring Lynch stays with the team for 2015.
Lynch was rumored to be considering retirement for the second straight offseason. He's putting it off again. Although Lynch turns 29 next month, his 2014 performance showed zero signs of slippage. Lynch established a career high with 17 all-purpose touchdowns, and his 4.66 YPC average was the second best of his career. Lynch's breakdown risk will grow as he gets older, but otherwise there would be no reason to leave him out of 2015's top-five projected fantasy backs. Robert Turbin will return as Seattle's third-down back, while talented-but-enigmatic Christine Michael's Dynasty stock will continue to twist in the wind. Mar 6 - 4:32 PM

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ESPN's John Clayton reports Marshawn Lynch's new contract is a one-year, $11 million deal.

Lynch was scheduled to make $8.5 million, so it's a $2.5M raise with more upfront money. He's now owed $1 million in base salary, with a $9 million signing bonus and $1M roster bonus. Lynch is now the third highest paid running back behind Adrian Peterson and LeSean Mccoy.
Source: ESPN.com

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Now is this an extension on his current contract so it would run THROUGH the 2016 season? Or is this a new contract for this coming season?

 

At any rate, it's great for the Seahawks that Lynch is returning. I'm probably one of the few that really believes that the Seahawks are a team with no offensive identity without Lynch in the backfield. I like what I had seen from Michael in his college days, and I think that Turbin is also a real good back-up. But I'm not sure either one of them can carry an offense like Lynch does when he's called on, and that happens pretty frequently where the Seahawks need to have Lynch put them on his back.

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Coach Pete Carroll admitted "I don't know how that's going to go" when asked if Marshawn Lynch will be back with the Seahawks in 2016.

Lynch, 30 in April, very well could retire after his worst season of his career, rushing for 3.8 YPC and battling numerous injuries that limited him to just seven regular-season games and one playoff contest. If he doesn't hang up the cleats, the Seahawks seem likely to release Lynch. He's set to count $11.5 million against the cap, and the Seahawks can save $6.5 million of that.

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I really wish there was a way we could keep the best RB in franchise history, already a lifetime of highlights and probably the most exciting highlights we've been given in all our years.

 

But boy is Thomas Rawls the perfect guy to take the torch next year. :rock:

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Marshawn Lynch could have to pay back $5 million of the signing bonus he received last season if he retires.

Lynch's deal included a $7.5 million signing bonus which was spread out over three years on the Seahawks' salary cap. If he retires, the Seahawks could ask him to pay back
the $5 million remaining on the cap. The Seattle Times' Bob Condotta reports it is "not expected" the Seahawks would ask for the money back, however, and Lynch could simply wait for Seattle to cut him to avoid repaying the money. It remains likely Lynch has played his final down in Seattle, but he will likely get to keep the signing bonus.

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I love how this thread has been going on for 2 years now... lol

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The Seahawks' official Twitter account confirmed Marshawn Lynch is retiring.

Lynch posted a tweet with a "deuces" emoji and a picture of his green cleats hanging on a telephone wire during the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl. The Seahawks' official Twitter quoted the tweet and added the hashtag #ThankYouBeastMode. The timing and cryptic nature of the announcement are a fitting end to the spectacular career of one of the game's most enigmatic stars. Lynch finishes his career with 11,091 total yards and 83 total touchdowns across 127 NFL games and ranks 36th on the all-time rushing list. Though the stats are not overly impressive, Lynch was one of the most dominant backs in the game for the early part of this decade and made his mark with several memorable performances. The most iconic of which was his 67-yard touchdown run to clinch an upset Wild Card win against the Saints in 2011. Lynch was a First-Team All-Pro in 2012 and won a Super Bowl with the Seahawks in 2013.

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somebody made a comparison to Earl Campbell (must have been in the shoutbox because I can't find it) and it's really kinda eerie:

 

Lynch: 9112 yards on 2144 carries (4.3 ypc) 74 TDs

Campbell: 9407 yards on 2187 carries (4.3 ypc) 74 TDs

 

Lynch has substantially better receiving numbers, but it's hard to know how much of that was era induced (everyone is expected to be a passing option in the NFL now, that wasn't as true 30 years ago) the rushing numbers tho are crazy, especially when you consider how similar they were stylistically, it's gonna be interesting to see where the discussion goes when he's up for the HOF, I think he gets in, but I don't think it's automatic

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It was in the shoutbox, and it was me. I don't know if Marshawn can make into the Hall with the way offenses are built nowadays, but I have a feeling the argument would have been a lot stronger for him if Seattle just ran the ball in the last two minutes on the goalline. >_> Two Super Bowl Rings, a Super Bowl deciding TD run, and with the image he's crafted for himself in the media his odds are better than guys like Clinton Portis and Eddie George.

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somebody made a comparison to Earl Campbell (must have been in the shoutbox because I can't find it) and it's really kinda eerie:

 

Lynch: 9112 yards on 2144 carries (4.3 ypc) 74 TDs

Campbell: 9407 yards on 2187 carries (4.3 ypc) 74 TDs

 

Lynch has substantially better receiving numbers, but it's hard to know how much of that was era induced (everyone is expected to be a passing option in the NFL now, that wasn't as true 30 years ago) the rushing numbers tho are crazy, especially when you consider how similar they were stylistically, it's gonna be interesting to see where the discussion goes when he's up for the HOF, I think he gets in, but I don't think it's automatic

That is incredibily eery.

 

I love Marshawn more than anyone on this site...

 

And at first I was like no..there is now way Marshawn is a HOFer. But when you look at the #'s and the way he carried his team for years..it's hard to deny it. He's not a first year and in kinda guy, but as time goes on and the decrease of true primary backs hits full circle...I think he will get in when he played in a time where workhorses like him were a dying breed.

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Thank You Marshawn


A Haiku-format poem


a tribute by BC




Evasive Yet Brutalizing


Deceptively Quick Footwork, Titanium Strength


Sports World in Awe



Takes the Handoff


Stutter steps, Explodes Through Defenders,


Tacklers Left in Debris



Beast Mode Barreled


Forward, Igniting, Evolving His Team


Into Champions and Immortality



Never solo tackled


None harder to bring down, who


needs an offensive line?



A City Euphoric


Realizing Dreams, a Lifetime of Highlights


May Your Legacy Never Die


Marshawn Terrell Lynch




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Now where's YOUR haiku?

I expect a limerick.

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