Lynch officially announced his retirement Monday in an interview with Sports Illustrated reports. "No, I'm done. I'm done," Lynch said. "I enjoyed my time playing, now it's time to watch my cousins do their thing." Lynch's agent wasn't as convinced that his client is done playing, but it appears the running back has firmly made up his mind. Since he signed a two-year contract last March, Lynch's rights would remain with the Seahawks in the event he elects to return. The 30-year-old finishes his career with 9,112 rushing yards (36th in NFL history) and 83 touchdowns (52nd) over nine seasons.
Lynch was placed on the reserve/retired list Thursday by the Seahawks, the Seattle Times reports. Lynch has not filed retirement papers with the league, though he intends to retire. The Seahawks' move was procedural, having to do with the salary cap. They still retain his rights should he decide to play this season. Thomas Rawls enters training camp as the starter, but the Seahawks drafted three running backs and re-signed Christine Michael to give him competition.
Lynch's agent confirmed with the Associated Press on Monday that the running back intends to retire, Sheil Kapadia of ESPN.com reports. Every leak over the last two days has pointed to Lynch calling it a career, from Adam Schefter of ESPN stating Sunday that the RB has shared his thought process with teammates, Lynch himself tweeting a 'peace' emoji and a picture of green cleats hanging from a nail during the fourth quarter of Super Bowl 50, and the Seahawks' official site acknowledging the announcement shortly thereafter. The comments from Lynch's agent appear to be the cherry on top of the sundae, but the media-shy enigma will likely hold a press conference at some point to clear the final hurdle to retirement.
Lynch suggested on his twitter account that he plans to retire this offseason. Lynch tweeted a hand making the 'peace' symbol, accompanied by a picture of green cleats hanging from a nail. Given the timing of his announcement -- during the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl -- there's perhaps some chance that Lynch is just messing with the media. However, it seems far more likely that he really does intend to retire, as there have been rumors to that effect since the end of Seattle's season.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Lynch has shared his intention to retire with both teammates and some within the Seahawks' organization. Lynch had been a model of reliability during his time in Seattle, playing in 85 of 86 games between his arrival in 2010 and last year's Super Bowl. However, the additional reps taken on due to successive deep playoff runs appeared to take a toll in 2015, as he suffered through a hamstring injury early and abdominal surgery that combined to hold him out of nine regular season contests. After staying home during the Seahawks' wild-card win at Minnesota, he returned for the divisional round in Carolina but managed only six carries for 20 yards and two receptions for 15 yards. If he decides to hang up the cleats and tinted visor, he'll conclude his career with 9,122 rushing yards, 1,979 receiving yards, and 83 touchdowns (74 on the ground) in 127 games between the Seahawks and Bills.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/18||@Los Angeles Rams||23||18.50|
|3||09/25||San Francisco 49ers||32||22.88|
|4||10/02||@New York Jets||3||13.13|
|8||10/30||@New Orleans Saints||31||22.38|
|10||11/14||@New England Patriots||5||14.00|
|12||11/27||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||15||16.88|
|14||12/11||@Green Bay Packers||11||15.33|
|15||12/16||Los Angeles Rams||23||18.50|
|17||01/01||@San Francisco 49ers||32||22.88|
|3 Year Avg||231||993||9||29||254||2||190|