When it comes to contract negotiations, both sides are ultimately looking for leverage. Marshawn Lynch is currently under contract with the Seattle Seahawks, although he is expected to skip offseason activities – including the team’s mandatory mini-camp – if he does not receive a raise. As of right now, Lynch has been absent from OTAs, but they have been voluntary up until now. Once they switch from voluntary to mandatory, Lynch may still take his ball and stay home. The question is, if he does not receive a new deal to his liking, could Lynch decide to retire, taking his ball and going home for good?
At just 28 years of age, Lynch is different. Not quite Ricky Williams different, but there are similarities, at least in terms of unpredictability. In fact, the Seahawks have become so concerned about Lynch potentially leaving the team in the dark that they spent early-round draft picks on fellow running backs Christine Michael and Robert Turbin. Seattle wants to make sure that it is protected in the event of a Lynch hold-out or even surprise retirement.
Furthermore, a source reportedly close to Lynch said that he could see the star running back ending “Beastmode” if the Seahawks won the Super Bowl following the 2013 NFL season. Apparently, many people have similar feelings.
Lynch is still in the prime of his career. He has plenty of money, and certainly would not miss the spotlight and the media. The Seahawks are loaded with young talent. Still, in the end, I see the two sides coming to an agreement before the start of the 2014 season. I don’t believe that Lynch will retire from the NFL in the near future.