Marshawn Lynch's future at the Seattle Seahawks is far from clear as we reach the mid-way point of March and now fresh reports have cast further doubt on whether BeastMode will return in 2015.
The franchise have opened talks with the star running back over a new contract but, as reported recently, Lynch is not close to signing any deal and continues to keep those in Seattle in the dark.
Now NFL Insider Ian Rapoport has revealed that the back issue that has plagued Lynch in the past has reached "chronic" status, and will play a major role when it comes to the player making his decision on his future.
Lynch is dealing with compressed cartilage in his back and many fear that will only get worse, not better, if he continues to be given a punishing work load at running back.
The issue saw Lynch remain on the sidelines, and out of the locker room during half time, during several games this season. This latest report though suggests that it could be worse than anyone first feared, and is clearly weighing on Lynch's mind according to Rapoport's sources close to the player.
Current contract situation
The contract offered to Marshawn Lynch by the Seahawks in the run up to Super Bowl XLVI is said to be worth $10 million for the 2015 season.
Most running backs would jump at that offer, and indeed it would almost double Lynch's proposed earnings for the year.
Clearly though Lynch will have to satisfy himself, and perhaps the franchise, that the back issue will not prevent him from performing in 2015 or indeed affect his health further down the line.
What do you think Seahawks fans? Will Beast Mode be back for 2015? Is the injury issue a sign Seattle are working him too hard? Let us know in the comments section below...