Beast Mode could be going into retirement mode.
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is still playing at the top of his game eight years into his career, but he has “privately considered” hanging up the cleats after the 2014 season, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reports.
According to Rapoport, sources with direct knowledge of Lynch’s thinking claim the 28-year-old is “weighing the possibility of retiring after this year, saying goodbye to football on his owns terms.” But this isn’t the first time Lynch has thought about leaving the game.
Reports emerged last season that Lynch was mulling retirement after holding out at the start of training camp because he wanted more money from the Seahawks.
Rapoport adds that Lynch’s decision could hinge on his health. Although he’s missed just one game over the last four seasons, Lynch has battled back pain throughout. The cartilage in his spinal cord is compressed, according to the report, causing him pain.
Although sources have indicated Lynch likely won’t be with the Seahawks next season because of a myriad of reasons, Beast Mode would consider continuing his playing career if offensive line coach Tom Cable lands a head-coaching gig, Rapoport writes. Lynch might follow him wherever he signs because of the “strong relationship they’ve built.”
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