Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is reportedly considering retirement, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Numerous reports throughout the season have indicated Lynch and the Seahawks are likely to part ways after this year, though certain factors could prompt the eight-year NFL veteran to walk away on his own.
Lynch would make $5 million in 2015, a figure Seattle might be uncomfortable paying him entering his age 29 season. Rapoport also reports Lynch has compressed cartilage in his spinal cord, and battled back pain throughout the last four seasons, though he has missed only one game in that time span.
Given Lynch's rocky relationship with the team -- he was fined $50,000 earlier this month for refusing to speak with reporters -- Rapoport suggests the Seahawks would like to "rework" their locker room around quarterback Russell Wilson.
Seattle has won five of its last six games, with Lynch averaging 89 yards per contest in that span. He also rushed for more than 100 yards in three of those games, all wins. In a 38-17 victory over the New York Giants in Week 10, Lynch rushed for 140 yards, the fourth highest total of his career.
On the season, Lynch leads Seattle with 212 carries for 956 yards and nine touchdowns. As a receiver, Lynch has 28 receptions for 297 yards and three touchdowns.
- Mike Fiammetta