Did Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch just retire? If so, it’s got to be the coolest retirement notification ever.
Lynch did not comment on this message that was just posted to his Twitter account, besides using a peace emoji. His statement came in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl 50 with the Denver Broncos leading.
Earlier today, ESPN’s Adam Schefter said that Lynch was consider retirement. It’s the third straight year that Lynch has considered retirement; however, he returned for the previous two years.
He must be serious about this retirement if he’s using the gang symbol to send his message to those within the NFL.
According to Schefter, his teammates are trying to get Lynch to change his mind. He may have like Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who also says he’s retiring, to March 9th, before making a final decision.
Lynch – who was the highest-paid running back in the NFL this season at $11.5 million – would have to give back at least $5 million to the team from his signing bonus. Lynch, who restructured his contract with the team last off-season, will give the team a $12.5 million cap hit next season.
His contract also calls for $2.5 million dead cap money.
There’s been speculation for a long time now that the team would move on from Lynch in the off-season with the emergence of rookie Thomas Rawls this season.
Lynch — who missed several games with an injury — was the third leading rusher on the Seahawks this season. He carried the ball for 111 times for 417 yards and three touchdowns.
He only had one 20+ yard rush on the season, which came for 24-yards. The 24-yard rush also tied Russell Wilson’s longest carry of the season.
Wilson had 103 carries for 553 yards and a touchdown. Rawls had 147 carries for 830 yards and four touchdowns.
Rawls had seven rushes for 20+ yards. He also had a 69-yard rush, which led the team.
If Lynch does retire, his final game in the NFC Divisional game, he had six carries for 20 yards. His longest rush was for nine-yards in the game.
He only played in seven games and missed nine games, including much of the season late following sports hernia surgery in late Nov. Before his injury, he had eight carries for 42 yards against the Arizona Cardinals on Nov. 15.
His best game came in a 20-3 win over the San Francisco 49ers on Oct. 22 when he had 27 carries for 122 yards and a touchdown.
If he does walk away from the game, he would finish with 2,144 carries for 9,112 yards and 74 touchdowns in 127 regular season games with the Buffalo Bills and the Seahawks. He also had 252 receptions for 1,979 yards and nine more touchdowns
In his postseason career, all with the Seahawks, he had 193 carries for 937 yards and nine touchdowns. If head coach Pete Carroll would have given “Beast Mode” the ball instead of throwing it at the one-yard line, he would have had an additional yard in the stat sheet and possibly even another Super Bowl ring.
Two years ago, the Seahawks bull rushed the Broncos 43-8 in the first-ever cold weather Super Bowl from MetLife Stadium in North Jersey.
Lynch also has 12 receptions for 127 yards in the postseason.
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