Seattle Seahawks star Marshawn Lynch announces retirement, tweets picture of hanging cleats

Definitive? Lynch's retirement has been the subject of speculation since last month amid reports he had told people close to him he was done

Ever the man of few words, Seattle Seahawks star Marshawn Lynch turned to pictures and an emoji to ostensibly announce his retirement on Sunday.

The notoriously taciturn 29-year-old running back, dubbed ‘Beast Mode’ for his aggressive style of play, took to Twitter early in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl 50, sharing an image of cleats hanging from a power line and a peace sign ideogram.

As of Monday morning, Lynch has made no additional statements confirming his purported intent to retire from the NFL, but the official Seattle Seahawks account has retweeted the five-time Pro Bowler’s cryptic post with the hashtag ‘#ThankYouBeastMode.’

The team told the Associated Press the tweet would stand as its statement on the matter.

Seahawks owner Paul Allen also took Lynch’s show-and-tell tweet to mean that he was leaving the team, writing on his social media account: ‘Thank you for a great career as a Seahawk. So many memorable runs and quakes!’

Lynch’s teammates Russell Wilson and Richard Sherman quickly followed suit, paying tribute to the outgoing running back.

‘Honor playing with one of the best running backs of all time!’ Wilson tweeted. ‘Going to miss sharing the backfield with you 24… #BeastMode’

Lynch’s wordless retirement announcement should not come as a surprise to those who have been following the reticent player’s career in recent months, as it comes on the heels of a lackluster season plagued by injuries.

Sunday’s tweet appears to confirm rumors that have been swirling around Lynch for the past two weeks.

He’s won the Super Bowl once from two appearances and has led the league in rushing yards twice.

Last season, Lynch was fined $74,000 when he refused to speak to the media after the NFC Championship win over the Green Bay Packers.

Two weeks later at the Super Bowl, when he was confronted by reporters again, Lynch said ‘I’m here so I won’t get fined’ 29 times.

Before that he had already been forced to pay the NFL $100,000 for not adhering to his media requirements.

He is one of the top running backs in the NFL and is also one of the best paid. If he does retire, Seattle will have some pressure taken off their salary cap.

Lynch, who turns 30 in April, was limited to just 111 carries and 417 yards in the regular season thanks to a hamstring injury and abdominal surgery.

In a radio interview with KJRA-AM 950 on January 22 Seattle general manager John Schneider said he thought Lynch was ‘leaning’ towards calling time on his career.

‘We feel like we are ready to move forward,’ he said. ‘Moving on kind of seems like: “OK we are just passing this guy off to the side.”

‘We recognize what he has done for the organization. So again, we are going to try to handle it as properly as we can so we want to make sure that he is in the right frame of mind and he’s making the correct decision for himself.’

Last March he signed a $24million contract extension, which would have kept him at the Seahawks for two more years.

Source: The DailyMail

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