SEATTLE – Former Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch reportedly told two teammates he’s not ready to retire. That’s according to Jason Cole of Bleacher Report.
Doug Hendrickson, Lynch’s agent, reportedly thinks Lynch will stay retired.
The Seahawks placed Lynch on the reserve-retired list May 5. But Lynch has yet to file his formal retirement paperwork with the NFL.
However, there may be enough evidence that the league is satisfied Lynch is retired. Pro Football Talk reported earlier this month that according to league rules if a player documents his retirement “to the satisfaction of the Commissioner,” that could be sufficient notification.
The league office told PFT documentation of Lynch’s retirement came from tweets and comments by Lynch and teammates. Lynch quietly hinted at his retirement during the Super Bowl when he tweeted a photo of his cleats hanging on a telephone wire.
If Lynch opts to play again, that does not necessarily mean he’ll return to the Seahawks. And Seattle would likely want him to take a significant pay cut to come back. The more accepted belief is Lynch may try to play for his hometown Oakland Raiders.
The Seahawks open OTAs (Organized Team Activities) Thursday.