Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch tweeted what looked like an intention to retire back in February, which fits with his personality. But he still hasn’t filed retirement papers, and the team did not officially place Lynch on the reserve/retired list until earlier this month.
Lynch’s offseason activities suggest he is ready to move on without football, but nothing is ever as it seems with someone as quirky as Lynch. Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman was at former teammate Michael Robinson‘s youth football camp on Saturday, and the Lynch subject naturally came up.
“I don’t put anything past him,” Sherman said via NFL.com. “He’s about as predictive as a pair of dice. So I don’t try to call his plays.”
Sherman also added some thoughts on the prospect of being without Lynch.
“Obviously, it’s going to be different,” Sherman said. “We got a little sample of it last year … I think we’re prepared for it in some aspects, but you really never want to be prepared for that. You really would hope he comes back. In the back of your mind, you hope he comes back and plays another year.”
Lynch may simply not want to play for the Seahawks anymore, and thus he’s using retirement as an exit angle. The team is making plans to be without him, after drafting three running backs this year to go with Thomas Rawls and Christine Michael, but Lynch can put the Seahawks back on the hook for an $11.5 million salary cap hit this year if he declares he intends to play.
Multiple members of the Seahawks’ organization have expressed doubt about Lynch actually being retired, from general manager John Schneider down to wide receiver Doug Baldwin and defensive end Michael Bennett. If people who have been closest to him (at least in a professional sense) can’t pin down Lynch’s intentions, what chance does anyone else have to predict anything the now 30-year-old running back will do?