Marshawn Lynch : Seahawks waiting on Lynch to decide his future

Marshawn Lynch : Seahawks waiting on Lynch to decide his future

Marshawn Lynch is considering retirement from the NFL, according to Seattle general manager John Schneider.

“Obviously we think he is a hell of a player and we want him back,” Schneider said. “He knows that, his representatives know that. He knows that if he’s back, he is not going to be playing for the same number he is scheduled to make.”

But does Lynch want to return? That question has loomed just as large, if not larger, than his contract status. Lynch has endured 1,181 carries over the last four seasons, over 2,000 in his career, and turns 29 in April. He is reaching the point in a running back’s career where the production will drop off, even though he has averaged over 1,300 yards his last four seasons and his 4.66 yards per carry last year was well over his career average of 4.27 yards per carry. Speculation has existed for the past year that Lynch has contemplated walking away.

“Now whether or not he wants to play next year, I can’t answer that,” Schneider said. “I don’t know if he knows at this juncture. He needs to find out where’s he at. It is hard for these guys. We have played a lot of football these last two years, especially the way this guy runs the ball. It is taxing on his body. He has to reset himself and get in that mind frame of ‘ok I am ready to get moving here again and get prepared for another season of this.’

“Obviously we would like to have a decision as quickly as we could, so we could move forward. But, we would love to have him back. He is just extremely important to what we have going on here, and moving forward, the decisions that we make throughout this offseason.”

Schneider is right. Lynch is the engine that drives the Seahawks offense, and knowing soon (before free agency) whether he will return is paramount to their offseason moves. Having to replace one of the NFL’s top five running backs would quickly become top priority for Seattle.