Seattle Seahawks Rumor: Marshawn Lynch May Be Leaning Toward Retirement, Former Teammate Says

The Seattle Seahawks may be losing bruising running back Marshawn Lynch this offseason, new rumors indicate.

The 28-year-old running back is reportedly mulling over the thought of retiring after this season, with a former teammate saying Lynch was already thinking about hanging up his cleats even before this season.

Fullback Michael Robinson, who retired after last season at age 30, said Marshawn Lynch almost took the same path.

“I don’t think he knew whether he was going to play last year until almost training camp,” Robinson said in a 710 ESPN Seattle radio interview. “Marshawn is getting to a point in his life where he may want to enjoy other things that are important to him.”

The Seattle Seahawks have seen rumors shift rapidly regarding Marshawn Lynch. As the last season wound down, reports indicated that the team was going to cut Lynch, who had worn out his welcome after getting in trouble with the league several times.

But that changed through the team’s playoff run when Lynch put the team on his back and nearly led them to a second Super Bowl title in the last two years.

The Seahawks are now trying to lock down Lynch for what would likely be the rest of his career, reportedly offering a “huge” contract extension across multiple years.

NFL.com had details of the deal.

“The deal is believed to include more than $10 million for Lynch in the 2015 season alone. Lynch currently is slated to make $5 million in 2015, the final year of what originally was a four-year, $31 million deal.”

Robinson said he thinks that Lynch will ultimately take the deal and return.

“My bet would be that he plays next year in Seattle,” Robinson said Thursday. “I don’t think Marshawn knows yet. I don’t know what the timeline is. It’s probably going to be a feel thing, and we’ll just see like everybody else.”

Marshawn Lynch hasn’t addressed the retirement rumors, leaving the Seattle Seahawks to wait for his decision.