Marshawn Lynch is currently leaning toward retirement, according to Seahawks GM John Schneider. Schneider was on with Mike Salk and Brock Huard on 710 ESPN Seattle this morning, breaking down the season while looking forward to next year, and the question obviously came up.
"I'm under the impression that's he's leaning towards retirement," Schneider told Brock and Salk. That said, Schneider admitted that it's still up in the air. "I would have no idea," what will ultimately happen with Lynch, he said. "I just know that we're going to treat him with as much respect as we possibly can here and give him a little leeway to kind of find his way in terms of what he wants to do."
It's NFL.com's Ian Rapoport's understanding that Lynch will retire as well.
Of course, Lynch is hard to predict, and Schneider did say, at this time last year, that he wouldn't be surprised if Lynch retired. Obviously, Lynch ended up playing again in 2015 after Schneider said that, so we'll see.
Lynch would still count $5M toward the Seahawks cap if he retires (a signing bonus pro-ration).