In seven games this season, Lynch rushed for 417 yards, 3 touchdowns, in 111 attempts. Lynch was bothered this season by injuries, that is a big reason why this numbers this season was not what we were used to see him put him.
Only at age 29, it is surprising to see Lynch retire right now. The guy is still in his prime, only having one bad season with injuries. The injuries might be a big reason why Lynch is most likely retiring. The human body can only take so much punishment on the football field. Lynch’s body might have reached its limits and could not go anymore.
On the Seahawks side of things, the team was thinking about moving on from him due to Lynch having a big salary cap. Thomas Rawls played really well this season, filling in for Lynch. If the team wants to move on from him, the best thing for the team to do is have Lynch retire so the salary cap does not take a cap hit.
One player that should not be happy about this news is quarterback Russell Wilson. If it is true that Lynch is retiring this offseason, Wilson will not have the superstar running back in Lynch. Lynch took a lot of pressure off him, allowing him to do what he does best. Yes, Wilson still has Rawls who made a big impact while Lynch was out, but Rawls will not be able to replace the impact Lynch made on the field . The good news is that Rawls fits better in the Seahawks offense, so this might be a good thing for Seahawks fans.