Seahawks GM: ‘It seems like’ Marshawn Lynch is done with football
Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider said during an interview this week that he has received no indication that Marshawn Lynch is having second thoughts about retiring from the NFL and is done with football for good.
“It seems like it,” Schneider said on PFT Live. “I haven’t seen a lot of guys that are riding camels and stuff. NFL players around the desert, I haven’t seen a lot of that. But he’s been thinking about this for a while, obviously, so I think he’s very much at peace with it.”
Lynch, while a dominant force on the field, has an interesting, even quirky, personality off of it, something that Schneider believes played a role in the running back’s decision to retire at the age of 30.
“Marshawn’s one of those guys,” Schneider said. “He’s his own man, and I think it was just one of those deals where he was, and this is my opinion — this doesn’t come from him. This is just a guy, his running style is just so reckless and he gives it all every time he carries it. So I think at some point that takes a little bit of a toll and he had the injury this year and really, truly it’s been his first big injury. To see him try to come back from that and everything I think that’s probably a little bit of an eye opener as well and that’s not him speaking, that’s my personal opinion.”
Given that the Seahawks officially placed Lynch on the retired list last week, it makes sense that Schneider doesn’t envision a scenario where the man known as “Beast Mode” will be playing with the team next season.
But if there’s one player who could do a complete about-face and make a return to the NFL after a very brief retirement, it might be Lynch.
Now, if only the NFL could do something about that mandatory media availability. If that were the case, given his antipathy for conducting interviews, the decision to retire arguably would have been much more difficult for Lynch.
There is, however, this interesting development: According to a source with knowledge of the situation, Lynch has yet to officially file his retirement papers. While that could mean something or absolutely nothing about Lynch’s plans, it’s just another wrinkle in the story surrounding the running back — supposedly — calling it a career.