Per a report from NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is weighing the option of retiring at the end of the 2014-15 NFL season. Walking away from football has been on the mind of the four-time Pro Bowl running back for a couple seasons, and with tensions growing between himself and the Seahawks organization, Lynch apparently believes that now is a better time to hang up his cleats than ever.
Lynch has rushed for 956 yards this season, scoring 9 TDs for the NFL’s defending champions. However, despite his successes, Lynch has often appeared disgruntled and irritable during meetings with the press. Reportedly, his dissatisfaction was only exacerbated by the team’s unexpected choice to trade wide receiver Percy Harvin.
On top of the rift with the Seahawks organization, Rapoport also mentions the role that physical health will play in Lynch’s decision process. Though the All-Pro running back has only missed one game in the past four seasons, he has also been dealing with discomforting back pain during this span.
However, all may not be lost for Beast Mode’s biggest fans; Rapoport also mentions the possibility that Lynch could continue his career with a different team should Seattle's offensive line coach Tom Cable make a move to another organization. The two apparently share a close relationship that Lynch would be interested in continuing elsewhere.
Either way, one thing is becoming abundantly clear: Marshawn Lynch will not be playing in Seattle next season. Enjoy him while you can, Seahawks fans.