Many have come to the conclusion that Marshawn Lynch's time at the Seattle Seahawks is coming to an end.
The running back didn't have the best 2015, and consistent injuries across the season and the rise of rookie back Thomas Rawls have raised questions if he still has a spot on the roster for the 2016 season.
During his absence, quarterback Russell Wilson was able to take the team to the playoffs on his own, so his paycheck may not be worth the Seahawks keeping if they are able to survive without him.
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Reaching the age of 30 as well doesn't do him any favors, as many running backs in the league tend to drop off in production once they are in their 30s. He may well be cut or traded by the NFC West franchise.
Presuming he doesn't decide to call it a day and retire, there are several destinations where Lynch could be playing his football next season.
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New England Patriots
It would be surprising if the New England Patriots didn't show a little bit of interest for Beast Mode if he was cut or put up for trade. A healthy Lynch would provide the AFC East franchise with an upgrade at running back.
With LeGarrett Blount becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2016 as well, the door is open for a possible signing of Lynch in New England because the team is going to be thin on the ground in that position. It wouldn't be surprising if Bill Belichick decides to try and bring him in.
New York Giants
In 2015, not a single member of the New York Giants running back committee emerged as a possible contender to lead the backfield. Without a shadow of a doubt, Lynch could be the answer that they're looking for.
With Eli Manning connecting more and more often with Odell Beckham, Beast Mode would be a good short-term fix to take them on another Super Bowl run before the quarterback decides to call it a day.
The Giants might not be the only NFC East team interested in Lynch's services in the offseason. The Dallas Cowboys may have had an okay option in Darren McFadden, but they could look for someone a little bit more secure in Beast Mode. However, he wouldn't be a long-term solution to the running back problem they've had since DeMarco Murray left.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones will be wanting a solid performer in the backfield, just in case Tony Romo and Dez Bryant are sidelined due to injury again. Much like the Giants, Lynch could be one of the final pieces the team needs for them to go on a possible Super Bowl run while time is still on their quarterback's side.
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