Marshawn Lynch has undoubtedly been one of the best backs in the NFL over the past few years. Despite a difficult injury this season that held him out quite a bit, Marshawn has truly proven himself in this league. But is retirement reasonable at this point in his career?
Here’s why it might be: It’s going to be his 9th season in the NFL. According to Roger Goodell, first round picks have an average playing career of 9 years. So Lynch has met his mark. I think he’s also come to the realization that all the hard running he’s known for has taken a toll on his body, and we have seen that through his various injuries over his career.
He also has to take into perspective his NFL future. If the Seahawks decide to cut him for the sake of saving cap space, would another team give him the money and a playoff guarantee such as the Seahawks have provided over the past few years? Very unlikely he would get both, especially as he approaches 30 years old.
But here’s why it’s not very reasonable: Someone will pay him! If it’s not the Seahawks then someone else will, no doubt. He can extend his career a few more years, even if he eventually doesn’t suit the role as a feature back anymore. He’s still a very viable option for basically any team willing to give him the money.
I also believe he still has a lot left in the tank. And I’m not the only one either. Lynch’s mother believes her son will continue to dominate in the NFL.
“I really believe we haven’t seen the last of Beast Mode,” Delisa Lynch, Marshawn’s mother said. “My younger son [Davonte] will be coming out next year. I told [Marshawn] to wait for his brother.”
It’s definitely a reasonable excuse. And I believe Marshawn can make it more than just a year if he is able to avoid any major injuries. But we’ll see. Like GM John Schneider said, “you never really know with Marshawn,” and that’s been the case with many issues throughout his career.
Kyle Hirshkind is the managing editor for Full Press Coverage's New York Jets channel. Originally from Long Island, New York, Kyle has been an avid Jets fan for 20+ years.