Marshawn Lynch apparently announced his retirement Feb. 7, but he hasn’t done much to convince people he is truly finished playing football in the NFL.
The Seattle Seahawks running back has not officially file retirement papers to the NFL, leading some of his teammates to wonder if he will make a comeback in the future, such as the 2016 season.
“Yeah, I think he’s done,” defensive end Michael Bennett told the Seattle Times. “He might make an appearance later on but I think he’s done for right now.”
Lynch announced his retirement after a difficult and injury-plagued season in 2015. Lynch, slowed by neck, back, calf and hamstring injuries, gained just 417 yards in seven games during the season, his lowest total during his six seasons in Seattle.
Lynch’s struggles in 2015 didn’t obscure his stellar career in Seattle. Lynch, 30, gained 6,357 yards and scored 57 touchdowns during his career with the Seahawks. However, Lynch reportedly told two former teammates that’s he’s considering playing in 2016.
Cornerback Richard Sherman said he’s not entirely convinced Lynch is done.
“I don’t put anything past him. He’s about as predictable as a pair of dice. So I don’t try to call his plays,” cornerback Richard Sherman told NFL.com. “But obviously, it’s going to be different. We got a little sample of it last year. I think we’re prepared for it in some aspects, but you really never want to be prepared for that. You really would hope he comes back. In the back of your mind, you hope he comes back and plays another year.”