By now it’s well known that Marshawn Lynch’s Seattle Seahawks career could be coming to an end following the 2014 season. And after NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport reported earlier on Sunday that the Seahawks plan to move on from their star running back, Lynch chatted up Mike Silver following the team’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
As Silver indicated, Lynch had a lot to say (via NFL.com).
Do I think I’ll be gone after this season?” Lynch repeated, pausing to consider the question. “I don’t know, man. The Seahawks, their front office gets in the media; they talk a lot. I don’t talk too much. I just play the game.
“If they have something going on, I don’t know about it.”
Lynch reiterated that the NFL was a business, which is usually the go-to quote for players in the midst of a dispute with a front office.
Responding to the aforementioned report from Rapoport about his potential lack of communication with head coach Pete Carroll, Lynch sounded like he doesn’t necessarily chat it up with Carroll.
Pete’s my head coach. Well, I mean, you know, he’s really not in my position meetings. … It ain’t like we get to chop it up like that.
To say that things haven’t been going too swimmingly for the two sides would be an understatement. Lynch briefly held out this past offseason and there were even rumors that he was going to retire. He’s set to count $5 million against the cap in 2015 with another $2.5 million potentially coming via bonuses.
And while the Seahawks don’t necessarily have a replacement on their roster, we already know that the running back position isn’t valued as highly around the league as in the past. This doesn’t even take into consideration the fact that Seattle has long-term extensions it has to agree to with Russell Wilson and Bobby Wagner, among others.
Lynch may be a valuable player for the defending champs, but the writing is on the wall here. And it really does seem Lynch fully understands that.
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