Marshawn Lynch posted this symbolic tweet during the Super Bowl, signaling an end to an amazing career. It would appear he's announced his retirement.
This tweet follows a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter's this morning that Lynch has told people close to him he plans to retire.
This report echoed what Seahawks GM John Schneider said a few weeks ago -- that Lynch is currently leaning toward retirement. Schneider was on with Mike Salk and Brock Huard on 710 ESPN Seattle on January 22nd, 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.
Lynch would still count $5M toward the Seahawks cap if he retires (a signing bonus pro-ration). Seattle could look to recover that money.
Happy trails, Beast Mode. One of the best Seahawks of all time.
Salute to my guy @MoneyLynch ... It was an honor sharing the field with you.— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) February 8, 2016
Yes, Lawd ✊ https://t.co/sQuCck5e8h— Doug Baldwin Jr (@DougBaldwinJr) February 8, 2016
@MoneyLynch for President— Russell Okung (@RussellOkung) February 8, 2016
Beast Mode. https://t.co/V59Lvu11Y5— Paul Richardson (@prich10) February 8, 2016
My brother thank you for all you did for this game. Congrats on a great career and being the realest ever https://t.co/i7cwiYtJyM— Golden Tate (@ShowtimeTate) February 8, 2016