Marshawn Lynch was still running so hard that he cracked a defender's helmet during the Seahawks' playoff loss to the Panthers, but that might have been the last time we'll see him in an NFL contest.

Seahawks GM John Schneider appeared on ESPN 710 radio in Seattle on Friday, and said (via The Seattle Times) he believes that retirement is something that Lynch is strongly considering.

Schneider said of Lynch that “I’m under the impression he is leaning towards retirement.’’

That came after Schenider had said that the Seahawks “are 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.’’

This was the first season of Lynch's career where he missed significant time due to injury, and he has spoken about the possibility of retiring in each of the past two offseasons. He was sidelined for the last eight games of the regular season after having sports hernia surgery.

There's been some debate in Seattle whether or not the Seahawks should even bring Lynch back next season, because releasing him would save $6.5 million against the salary cap, and Thomas Rawls did just fine in Lynch's absence. But it appears as though Lynch may be taking that decision out of his team's hands.

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