Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch Leaning Towards Retirement
Say it ain’t so, Beast Mode. Is Marshawn Lynch actually thinking about retiring this offseason? According to ESPN’s John Schneider, yes he is.
John Schneider on ESPN Seattle on Marshawn Lynch: “I’m under the impression he is leaning towards retirement.”
— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) January 22, 2016
Pro Football Talk points out that if Marshawn retires, he would owe the Seattle Seahawks $5 million in signing bonus money. With this in mind, PFT believes Lynch would be best served holding out to be released. Seahawks would love to have him back, but Lynch’s cap figure of $11.5 million is way too much and he would have to take a significant pay cut like 2 or 3 million to return.
Marshawn, 29, is in the 1st year of his three-year, $31 million contract that included $12 million guaranteed. He’ll make a base salary of $4.5 million this season and another $9 million in 2016.
According to OverTheCap.com, releasing Lynch next year would free up $6.5 million in cap space for the Seahawks while creating $5 million in dead money.