The latest report falls in line with comments made by Seattle general manager John Schneider in late January. He said during an appearance on ESPN 710 Seattle that the team was prepared to give Lynch some time to “find his way in terms of what he wants to do” but thought he was ready to step aside, as noted by Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times.
“I’m under the impression he is leaning towards retirement,” Schneider said.
Lynch, 29, appeared in only seven games during the regular season because of a core muscle injury. He didn’t look like his usual powerful self even when on the field, though. It showed up in his numbers, as he averaged 3.8 yards per carry—down from 4.7 in 2014.
The Cal product previously served as one of the league’s most consistent backfield options. He rushed for at least 1,200 yards and 11 touchdowns in each of the prior four seasons, including 1,590 yards in 2012 and 13 touchdowns in 2014.
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