With no elaboration. Lynch's agent Doug Hendrickson confirmed to The Associated Press Monday what The News Tribune learned from league sources the Seahawks had understood late Sunday, that Lynch indeed intends to retire.
Marshawn Lynch's run as a National Football League player, including six seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, is apparently over. After running for 39 yards and scoring a touchdown in Seattle's 43-8 win over Denver, Lynch positioned himself on the hood of a Duck Boat during the parade through downtown Seattle, throwing Skittles to the fans lining the route.
That's college, but you have to count collegiate accomplishments into someone's career. Minutes after Lynch's tweet, Richard Sherman tweeted: "Salute to my guy @MoneyLynch...it was an honor sharing the field with you".
The Seahawks won't miss having to pay him way more than Thomas Rawls, and the other 31 teams no longer have to worry about tackling him, but the game is certainly poorer without even the possibility of another Beast Mode run.
Lynch finishes his Seattle career as the team's fourth-leading rusher with 6,347 yards while standing second in rushing touchdowns with 57 (trailing only the 100 of Shaun Alexander) and third in total touchdowns with 65 (behind the 112 of Alexander and 101 of Steve Largent).
"The Seahawks did not officially announce Lynch's retirement, but on Sunday night they re-tweeted Lynch's tweet with the hashtag "#ThankYouBeastMode". He arrived in Seattle in 2010 and his attitude and bruising running became the foundation for two straight NFC championships and the franchise's first Super Bowl title. The violence and power with which he ran was Lynch's platform.
It's worth a shot for Seattle, whose quarterback is one of the NFL's exemplary citizens in Wilson. He will step aside after nine seasons. He was a spectator as much as anything, playing in just seven regular season games and one playoff game as injuries were finally a factor in his ability to play. He was an All-Pro in 2012 when he had a career-high 1,590 yards with 11 rushing touchdowns. The final, best thing Lynch did for the Seahawks was retiring when he did.
Lynch played an outsized role for a running back. Lynch broke into the open to score and celebrated by turning around in the end zone and giving the Packers his trademarked groin grab.
The Seahawks are nearly sure to let Fred Jackson go away; Lynch's buddy from Buffalo and veteran running back turns 35 this month and becomes a free agent next month.
Before joining the Seahawks, Lynch posted two 1,000-yard season for the Bills.