It’s kind of funny how event outcomes can change things right?
Before the Super Bowl there was a report that SEA had offered a contract extension to Marshawn Lynch. Now that report seems like it’s pretty well in the rearview mirror.
From the Twitter coverage of the John Schneider press conference today:
Schneider hinting at what a few of us have been saying for months. Lynch’s back issues are nontrivial. might retire.
— Keith Myers (@MyersNFL) February 10, 2015
My theory before the Super Bowl was that a SEA loss was good for Christine Michael’s dynasty stock if for no other reason than that the Seahawks would be more reluctant to move on from Lynch if they felt like they were breaking up a winning formula. They probably had about an 80% chance of winning when they ran their last offensive play.
But who knows? I might not be right about differing levels of motivation for the actors involved. To be fair, the motivation also probably extends to Lynch. If you’re fresh off a win you probably have a little more energy to try for one more. If you’re fresh off a loss that could change and you might feel like you just want to go sell some hats.
Also, there’s been some speculation that Lynch might have wanted to retire before last season but would have ended up owing the Seahawks money, which he couldn’t afford to pay. Listen to last week’s episode of RotoViz Radio for that theory.
Honestly I’m not sure how much to believe at this point. If the reports are true about Lynch not being financially secure enough to retire last year then wouldn’t you think he’d be interested in coming back for 2015 as well?
I guess all we can really do now is wait and see. I don’t think Lynch is someone whose behavior can really be predicted. I also don’t think the Seahawks have really acted rationally in this matter because they drafted a player to replace Lynch, then gave Lynch a little more money to come back in 2014. They also kept Lynch around at the expense of having to let important parts of their defense leave in free agency.
In any case just this report about Lynch’s back gives some wind to the sails of Christine Michael’s dynasty value.