Marshawn Lynch is leaning towards retirement.
At least that's what Seattle Seahawks are expecting, according to general manager John Schneider, who joined Seattle's Sports Radio 950 KJR's Ian Furness and Jason Puckett Friday afternoon.
When first asked about Lynch's plans for next season, Schneider stated, "I really honestly don't know at this point. If you put a gun to my head, I would say he's leaning toward retirement. But with Marshawn, you never really know.
"He's a fierce competitor. We just have to handle it the right way in terms of showing him as much respect as we possibly can for everything he's done for this organization."
What Lynch has done for the organization, frankly, is become the best running back in team history.
While Lynch ranks fourth with 6,347 rushing yards with the Seahawks behind Shaun Alexander (9,429), Chris Warren (6,706) and Curt Warner (6,705), his dynamic, determined running truly was the heartbeat which carried Seattle's offense to its only title.
And for that reason, if nothing else, the Seahawks will continue to keep tabs on Lynch and potentially welcome him back should he elect to return.
"We feel like he's leaning toward retirement," Schneider said. "We feel like we're ready to move forward."
Schneider touched upon several other topics during two wide ranging interviews with local sports radio stations 950 KJR and 710 ESPN, stating that injured tight end Jimmy Graham will return to the club and reiterating his belief in the trade with the New Orleans Saints to land the Pro Bowl tight end, calling the move a "slam dunk."
In other, perhaps, not so-surprising news, Schneider admitted that developing and adding to the offensive line "was a priority," noting that Russell Okung and J.R. Sweezy are unrestricted free agents.
Seattle's general manager acknowledged that he and his staff created a board "a month ago" of the club's pending free agents, prioritizing them in a similar way as they would when ranking draft prospects. Schneider, of course, wasn't going to share just who might top Seattle's wish list but it could be either of these offensive linemen or perhaps Bruce Irvin, arguably Seattle's most versatile defender.