5 reasons why Marshawn Lynch won’t retire

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Jan 11, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) runs the football against New Orleans Saints strong safety Roman Harper (41) during the second half of the 2013 NFC divisional playoff football game at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 11, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) runs the football against New Orleans Saints strong safety Roman Harper (41) during the second half of the 2013 NFC divisional playoff football game at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

News broke on Thursday that Seattle’s star running back Marshawn Lynch is considering retiring from the NFL at the age of 28 and it’s catching everybody off guard.

It was certainly less surprising than when a report came out Wednesday saying Lynch was planning on sitting out of next week’s mandatory minicamp until he could renegotiate his contract.

Lynch is a Super Bowl champ with plenty of money in the bank playing a dangerous position in a violent league. Perhaps retiring isn’t too far away for Lynch, but here are five reasons why it won’t happen right now.

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  • FesterFoot43

    It would be very odd, indeed, for Lynch to give up the chance to repeat as a SB champion. It would be even stranger for Lynch to say goodbye to all that guaranteed money. After all, he’s not stupid. He knows that what he does for a living is very taxing, physically, and he’s going to make sure he’s set when he does decide to retire.

  • MIKE MACAULAY

    http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/seattle-seahawks/marshawn-lynch/
    he would actually get 16mil over the last 2 years of his contract due to his prorated signing bonus but the likely scenario is he collects his 7 mil this season then another 1.5 next year after he is released. He’ll find out his true value next offseason in the free agent market.

  • Vince

    Won’t Marshawn have to give back some of the signing bonus if he retires? If so, that would be a big reason for not retiring.

  • Kenny Lynn

    Lynch is a very entertaining runner but he is not the heart of the offense, he’s the heart of the hype.

    Too bad a trade with the raiders isn’t in the works.

  • abbeyrick

    He wants to renegotiate his contract because he knows he probably won’t see the last $5.5M with Russel’s contract coming up next summer. He wants some of that guaranteed now I would think