Earlier today (May 5), the Seattle Seahawks have placed running back Marshawn Lynch on their reserve/retired list via a statement from John Boyle of Seahawks.com. Though Lynch announced his retirement from the NFL right after the Denver Broncos victory over the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50, he has yet to fill out his retirement papers, which might indicate that he is still considering a return.
Gregg Bell of the News Tribune revealed that the team chose to put him on the list prior to June 1, which means they will pay him the remaining $5 million left on his contract in the coming season. If they had chosen to place Lynch on the reserve/retired list after June 1, they would have been able to divide his cap charge over the next two seasons.
Though Lynch still has not made any public statements speaking on retirement outside of his cryptic tweet after Super Bowl 50, his agent Doug Hendrickson and Seahawks owner Paul Allen both expressed their gratitude for the former rushing leader on Twitter.
— Shawn Lynch (@MoneyLynch) February 8, 2016
— Paul Allen (@PaulGAllen) February 8, 2016
Never one to be heavy on cameras or the limelight, Lynch has remained super quiet since announcing his “retirement,” being spotted in Haiti with other athletes building schools for orphans.
Respect: Bleacher Report