It seems like an odd thing to say, but Marshawn Lynch is an icon.
The bastion for absolutely not caring what anybody in the media or the NFL think, Lynch is a light in the dark for rebelling against the established authority. However, things may be coming to an untimely end.
That is after the star running back played what could potentially be his last ever game with the Seattle Seahawks in their loss to the Carolina Panthers at the weekend. So, the big question is: was that the end of Marshawn Lynch?
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Lynch made his return to the Seahawks lineup in Sunday's Divisional Round matchup with the Carolina Panthers after a spell on the sidelines through injury. Unfortunately, Lynch struggled badly, as he managed just 20 yards on six carries as Seattle had to go away from their run game.
If reports are to be believed, that will be Beast Mode's final outing in a Seahawks uniform. According to Zach Whitman of FieldGulls, ESPN's John Clayton is reporting that Lynch is on his way out.
The 29-year-old power back has threatened to retire in the last two off-seasons, in order to get a pay-rise, but now he could legitimately step away from the game.
Lynch has a lot of wear and tear on his body - as evidenced by the amount of time he missed this season through injury - and the Seahawks seem unwilling to foot the bill for his $9million base salary for 2016.
The Seahawks can save $6.5 million in salary-cap space by releasing Lynch this offseason and with Thomas Rawls showing that he can do a pretty effective job in replacing Marshawn, the 12's might have a new starting running back to cheer on next year.
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