Marshawn Lynch “Leaning Toward Retirement,” Says Seahawks GM

Marshawn Lynch

Marshawn Lynch missed the second half of the season and the playoffs due to injury, and with the Seattle Seahawks out, word is the star running back could call it quits.

According to ESPN, team general manager John Schneider said in a radio interview Friday (Jan. 22) that he thinks Lynch "is leaning toward retirement."

"I 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. But I'm under the impression that he's leaning toward retirement," Schneider told 710 ESPN Seattle.

After Lynch played in just seven games this season, the Seahawks have to decide whether to move on or keep the five-time Pro Bowler, who will cost $11.5 million against their salary cap for the 2016 season if he returns.

Lynch was limited to 111 carries and 417 yards in the regular season. He suffered a hamstring injury early in the season and then underwear abdominal surgery in late November, forcing him to miss the final seven games of the regular season.

While out, rookie Thomas Rawls emerged as a potential replacement long term, leading Seattle with 890 yards rushing in the regular season and averaged 5.6 yards per carry before suffering a broken ankle in Week 14 at Baltimore.