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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