Seahawks GM: RB Marshawn Lynch is 'leaning towards retirement'

The world could've witnessed the end of an era on Sunday and not really even known it. Marshawn Lynch might be finished not just with the Seattle Seahawks, but with football as well.

Lynch has always mentioned walking away from football and into retirement as a possibility throughout the years, but it appears this could really be the end for him. GM John Schneider told ESPN Radio in Seattle he believes Marshawn is "leaning towards retirement."

"I'm under the impression he is leaning towards retirement," Schneider said.

There's one potential wrinkle with the Seahawks; as Pro Football Talk notes, the Seahawks could pursue $5 million from Lynch in the form of returned signing bonus money if he retires (as opposed to being released). It's also possible the Seahawks simply won't pursue the money.

The Seahawks might be moving on from Lynch anyway. Thomas Rawls was outstanding -- and just flat-out better than Lynch -- before an ankle injury sidelined him for the season. Christine Michael actually looked like the guy they thought could succeed in Seattle when he was drafted.

Plus, Seattle's not on the hook for any money owed to Lynch. Our own Joel Corry previously noted the Seahawks can get out of the deal without taking a big hit.

"The Seahawks can exit Lynch's deal if he hits the wall during the 2015 season since none of his $9 million 2016 base salary is guaranteed," Corry wrote earlier this year. "$6.5 million of 2016 cap space will be gained if Seattle parts ways with Lynch or he retires."

The end result just seems too obvious. Lynch can walk away with a strong legacy in Seattle, and the Seahawks won't be forced to cut him in the name of business.

Marshawn Lynch is 'leaning' toward retirement, according to the Seahawks GM. (USATSI)
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Will Brinson joined CBS Sports in 2010 and enters his seventh season covering the NFL for CBS. He previously wrote for FanHouse along with myriad other Internet sites. A North Carolina native who lives... Full Bio

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