Marshawn Lynch's future in Seattle past this season is in doubt as the 28-year-old running back and the Seahawks have been subject to multiple reports regarding the state of their relationship. Lynch's desire to keep playing in the NFL following the 2014 season is also in question.
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Sunday, Nov. 30
Lynch Considering Retirement
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported Lynch has been weighing his future in the NFL, with one of the reasons being his health because "the cartilage in his spinal cord is compressed, which brings him discomfort":
While Seattle has ridden the exploits of its superstar running back, winning five of the last six games, the mercurial Lynch has privately considered walking away from it all following the 2014 season.
According to sources with direct knowledge of Lynch's thinking, the 28-year-old is weighing the possibility of retiring after this year, saying goodbye to football on his owns terms. He'd leave the football world confused and wanting more, though that's what he often does. ...
However, Rapoport also stated Lynch could follow offensive line coach Tom Cable, if he were to become the head coach for another organization.
Friday, Nov. 21
Pete Carroll Comments on Lynch Returning to Seattle
ESPN.com's Terry Blount has the latest from Carroll:
If you guys ever would have asked, which you didn't, I would have told you we want him around here as long as he can play. There's never been any hesitation and there's never been another thought about that.
That came totally from somewhere else. He's under contract next year and we'll be thrilled to have him playing for us. We'll do everything we can to get that done.
Monday, Nov. 17
Carroll Comments on Relationship With Lynch
Stephen Cohen of SeattlePI.com passed along comments from Carroll on Lynch and his relationship with the organization:
Appearing in his regular slot on 710 ESPN’s 'Brock and Salk' show Monday morning, Carroll was surprisingly candid about his relationship with Lynch.
'We’re working through it,' Carroll said, calling Lynch 'a very unique, special person.'
Carroll wasn’t specifically asked about Lynch’s contract holdout, which caused the running back to miss a week of training camp in July while angling for a better deal, but Carroll identified those money issues as the root of a problem between the coach and his star player.
'I think it still goes back to summertime, and talking about the contract and stuff like that,' Carroll said. 'Not everything works out exactly the way you want it.'
Sunday, Nov. 16
Lynch Speaks on Future in Seattle, Seahawks' Front Office
'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.' ...
... According to a source close to the 28-year-old running back, such reports have contributed to his deteriorating relationship with Seattle coach Pete Carroll, as Lynch partially blames him for the existence of such stories and for the possibility that his Seahawks tenure might end after the 2014 season.
Tuesday, Oct. 28
Carroll Addresses Lynch's Future Past Trade Deadline
Yesterday, Carroll addressed the possibility of Lynch being traded during the season, courtesy of Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times:
Asked by a reporter during his Monday press conference today if it was safe to say that Lynch will still be with the Seahawks after the trade deadline, Carroll said: 'Yeah you’re strong. Go ahead. You can go with that.'
Carroll had an amused look as he said it. Otherwise, though, it’s obvious he’s tiring of the constant questions about media reports that largely cite anonymous sources claiming there is friction in the locker room. Or, the latest report on Sunday, that Carroll and Lynch are barely talking, if at all.
Carroll, asked about the report, said 'I have nothing to say about that because there is nothing to that.'
Asked a follow-up, Carroll said: 'At this point I don’t think it behooves us to try to respond to all of these things. Our players have told you how they feel, our coaches have told you how we feel about it and we are in a really good place right now. … there is nothing to that report. I don’t know where that came from.'
Sunday, Oct. 26
Well, if more recent reports prove true, it appears Lynch won't be getting on any team buses in Seattle after this season. Citing sources close to the situation, ESPN's Chris Mortensen says the Seahawks have already laid the groundwork to move on from Lynch in 2015:
He might have been available for a trade by Tuesday's deadline, sources said, but fullback Derrick Coleman broke his foot in last week's loss to the Rams, causing backup running back Robert Turbin to be moved into a fullback role. Christine Michael will continue to get some carries.
Almost nobody -- including Lynch -- expects the running back to be on the roster in 2015, sources added.
The organization has allegedly "grown tired" of dealing with the way Lynch handles himself within the locker room and off the field. Regarding the team bus incident, Lynch's agent, Doug Hendrickson, shared his thoughts on those reports last week:
These reports of @MoneyLynch going off and not wanting to get on bus are absurd. Please report accurate stories and not bogus ones.— Doug Hendrickson (@DHendrickson41) October 22, 2014
Lynch refused to address the rumors around him following Sunday's game, via Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post:
Marshawn Lynch on if he's talking: "Yeah, I'm talking -- y'all enjoy y'all's self!" Walked out.— Bart Hubbuch (@BartHubbuch) October 26, 2014
Lynch, 28, has been with the Seahawks since a 2010 midseason trade from the Buffalo Bills. Though he has made the Pro Bowl in each of the last three seasons and emerged as a superstar under Pete Carroll, his at times ornery personality has begun causing problems behind the scenes.
Desiring a new long-term contract, Lynch briefly held out of Seahawks training camp this summer before arriving after the team added $1.5 million to his base salary.
He's stayed largely reclusive from the media for most of the season and is allegedly not very talkative in the locker room, either. Rapoport reported there is "little-to-no" communication between Lynch and his head coach:
#BeastMode is about that action in Seattle. But I’m told he’s not about talking. Very little-to-no communication with Pete Carroll & others.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 26, 2014
Chris Cluff of ChawkTalk.WordPress.com provided additional insight, courtesy of Michael Silver of NFL.com, on the relationship between Lynch and Carroll:
The Seahawks would save $7 million on their 2015 cap by releasing Lynch, per Spotrac. With Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas locked up with long-term extensions and quarterback Russell Wilson due a big-money deal this offseason, it would make fiscal sense to dump Lynch regardless of his relationship with the team.
Seattle selected former Texas A&M star Christine Michael in the second round of the 2013 draft, though his growth has been stunted with Lynch and Turbin taking most of the carries. Rapoport (h/t NFL Media PR) also indicated the Seahawks could target a running back early in next year's draft to help offset Lynch's expected departure.
Lynch is 10th in the NFL with 420 rushing yards and three touchdowns coming into Seattle's Week 8 contest against Carolina.
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