Marshawn Lynch reportedly could be cut in 2015

In 2013, Marshawn Lynch was ’bout that action. In 2015, the Seahawks could be ’bout his release.

According to ESPN’s John Clayton, Lynch is a candidate to be cut next offseason, when he turns 29-years-old and is owed $7.5 million in non-guaranteed salary.

Prior to then, Seattle — which prefers to lock up its own talent — is expected to dole out mega extensions to quarterback Russell Wilson, cornerback Richard Sherman, and safety Earl Thomas. Simply put, they’ll be pinching all the pennies they can.

“Beast Mode” has no doubt established himself as an elite back and fan favorite. But, as Clayton writes, the drastically declining market for running backs is “only getting worse.” This offseason, the top free agent backs — Chris Johnson and Donald Brown — received only $4 million and $3.5 million per year, respectively.

In today’s pass-happy NFL, the running back position no longer holds significant value, especially for players approaching 30. Cutting Lynch would be a tough sell to Skittle-wielding Seahawks fans, but teams approach these decisions with business — and business only — in mind.

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Zack Kelberman
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  • DiamondBackPain

    If and that’s a big if, he gets cut he will be picked up that same day by another team. Wishful thinking on him getting cut in my opinion.

  • H M Abdou

    No, I actually could very realistically see the Hawks releasing Lynch after the 2014 season. They have an even more talented and younger running back (Christine Michael) ready to take over, and Lynch would be making a salary not in line with market value at that point in his career.

    I think this is Lynch’s last season with Seattle.