It looks like Beast Mode will no longer be terrorizing opposing defenses.
Marshawn Lynch, the Seahawks’ mercurial running back, decided it would be a good idea to upstage the fourth quarter of a tight Super Bowl to send out a cryptic tweet that apparently announced his retirement.
That’s a pair of cleats hanging on a hook, so the implication is that he is “hanging it up”. The peace sign emoji apparently indicates that he is at peace with his decision.
Although Lynch did not clarify the meaning of the tweet we were not left trying to translate his hieroglyphics. Confirmation that Lynch intends to retire came from the top as Seahawks owner Paul Allen tweeted out his thanks to the running back.
— Paul Allen (@PaulGAllen) February 8, 2016
Allen and Lynch may have a little business to discuss. Last year Lynch got a contract extension and received a $7.5 million signing bonus as part of the deal. Since he is walking away early, Lynch may have to cut Allen a check for as much as $5 million for the prorated portion of that signing bonus.
Lynch struggled in 2015, spending much of the year sidelined with an abdominal injury. He gained just 417 yards rushing and scored three touchdowns. That broke a string of four straight seasons in Seattle where he gained at least 1,200 yards rushing each year and posted double-digit rushing totals.
That impressive run helped the Seahawks become one of the best teams in the NFL as they appeared in two Super Bowls and won one.