Despite some speculation to the contrary, Marshawn Lynch is not returning to the NFL in 2016. The former Seahawks running back told 60 Minutes Sports on Showtime that he is finished with football (Twitter link via Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times).
“I‘m done. I’m done. I enjoyed my time playing. Now it’s time to watch my cousins do their thing,” Lynch said. “I’m retired. Is that good enough? Which camera do you want me to look into? This one? I’m done. I’m not playing football anymore.”
The Seahawks removed Marshawn Lynch from their 90-man roster last month when they placed the running back on the reserve/retired list, but the 30-year-old didn’t complete all of his paperwork, leaving the door open for speculation on his future. Lynch reportedly told a pair of ex-teammates that he intends to play this year and Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman‘s recently demurred when asked to classify Lynch as retired.
In 2015, Lynch battled hamstring and abdominal injuries that limited him to seven games and career worsts in rushing attempts (111), yards (417) and touchdowns (three). Meanwhile, Thomas Rawls burst on the scene as an undrafted rookie and averaged 5.6 yards per carry on 147 tries. The Seahawks have planned to move ahead with Rawls and they now have limited cap room at this stage of the offseason. If Lynch had decided to return to the NFL, it’s not a guarantee that he would have been able to make that comeback in Seattle.
Originally acquired from Buffalo in 2010 for pennies on the dollar (two late-round draft picks), Lynch was the driving force behind Seattle’s offense for most of his five-plus-year career there. In each of his four 16-game seasons as a Seahawk, Lynch finished with at least 280 carries, 1,200 yards and 11 rushing touchdowns. He also made a pair of Super Bowl trips, one of which ended in victory.
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