Report: Seahawks won't ask Lynch to return $5 million bonus
Marshawn Lynch, who retired during the Super Bowl, reportedly won't have to give back any money to the Seahawks.
The Seahawks' divorce with Marshawn Lynch might've been entirely one-sided -- in that Lynch retired and walked away from the team and the league -- but the franchise seemingly won't make the divorce an ugly one.
According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Seahawks won't pursue any of Marshawn Lynch's bonus money, even though he didn't fulfill the final two years of his contact.
Catching up on a things… don't expect #Seahawks to ask for Marshawn Lynch's $5M in signing bonus back. Both sides seem pleased with outcome— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 17, 2016
As John Breech wrote back in January, the Seahawks could've asked for $5 million back because his $7.5 million signing bonus was prorated over the course of the three-year deal, "which means the Seahawks will take a hit of $2.5 million in both 2016 and 2017." Lynch obviously won't be playing for the Seahawks or anyone else in 2016 and 2017.
Really, the Seahawks shouldn't have been too surprised by Lynch's decision, even if he did retire during the Super Bowl via Twitter, and probably knew this was a possible outcome when they signed him to the extension last March. After all, it was reported in June 2014 that Lynch was contemplating retirement. Lynch obviously hung around, but after taking a beating in 2015 and missing several games, he walked away -- with his signing bonus intact.
For the Seahawks, the loss of Lynch is easier to endure considering they have Thomas Rawls on the roster. Rawls, who broke onto the scene in Lynch's absence, suffered a broken ankle in December. But prior to the injury, Rawls had averaged an astounding 5.6 yards per carry in 13 games, proving that he was capable of replacing Beast Mode.
Oh, and Rawls is also cheap. Per Spotrac, his contract pays him an average salary of just $530,000.
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