It's been just over three months since Marshawn Lynch sent out a Super Bowl Sunday tweet that led the world to believe that he had decided to retire from football.
The only problem is that no one actually knows if that's what Lynch actually meant when he sent out the tweet that showed him proverbially hanging up his cleats. Of course, that's what we think he meant, but this is Lynch and it wouldn't be surprising at all to find out we were all wrong.
Since dropping the tweet on Feb. 7, Lynch has been mum on the subject of retirement, which has kept everyone guessing, including Seahawks general manager John Schneider.
During an interview with PFT Live on Wednesday, Schneider was asked if he thought Lynch was actually done with football.
"It seems like it," Schneider said.
Think about it: That's not a "yes" or "no" answer. That's Schneider giving us his opinion because he doesn't actually know whether or not Lynch is retired. If the Seahawks general manager isn't sure about Lynch's retirement, that basically tells you that no one has any idea what Lynch is going to do.
Although the Seahawks placed Lynch on the reserve-retired list on May 5, that doesn't make him retired. As PFT noted, Lynch still hasn't filed his retirement papers, which means all he has to do to play in 2016 is let the NFL know that he wants to play. At that point, Lynch would be taken off the reserve-retired list and the Seahawks would have an $11.5 million decision to make.
The team could either keep him at his $11.5 million cap hit or cut him and take a smaller hit.
By releasing Lynch, the team would either take a $5 million cap hit in 2016 or a $2.5 million hit in both 2016 and 2017. (If Lynch were to be cut with a post-June 1 designation, the salary cap hit would be spread over the remaining two seasons of his contract.)
If the Seahawks were to keep him, Lynch would make a $9 million base salary in 2016.
Schneider might not be sure what Lynch is going to do, but he seems to feel that Beast Mode is going to stay in retirement mode.
"I haven't seen a lot of guys that are riding camels and stuff," Schneider said. "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."
That being said, Schneider did admit that it's basically impossible to predict what Lynch is going to do.
"Marshawn's one of those guys: He's his own man," Schneider said. "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."
Lynch could just end all the confusion and file his retirement papers, or he can just keep eating Skittles and leave everyone in the dark. I'm guessing he'll go with option 2.