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Seattle Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch could retire this offseason

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The Seattle Seahawks, despite in recent weeks returning to the kind of form that led them to the Super Bowl last season, have continued to struggle in the passing game.

Fortunately for Pete Carroll and the Seattle coaching staff though they have a juggernaut of a running back in the form of Marshawn Lynch to run them to victory week by week.

That might not be the case moving forward for the Seahawks, or any other NFL team interested in Lynch for that matter, if NFL Insider Ian Rapoport is to be believed.

The NFL Network reporter revealed today that Lynch is considering walking away from the game after the end of the 2014 season in a move that would send shockwaves through the entire league.

"According to sources with direct knowledge of Lynch's thinking, the 28-year-old is weighing the possibility of retiring after this year, saying goodbye to football on his owns terms," wrote Rapoport today.

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Persistent injury

Lynch has struggled with a persistent back injury this season, with the pain at times forcing the stud running back to miss practice and game time on several occasions.

To hear that the issue may force the 28-year-old out of the game is though unexpected even with his documented ailments but with Lynch one of the most unpredictable players currently playing in the NFL nothing he does would shock anyone.

Seattle swansong

Even if Lynch decides to carry on into 2015 and forgo any retirement plans he may have, it still looks like his time with the Seahawks might be coming to an end.

Speculation that Seattle may part ways with the RB in the offseason has grown in recent weeks. It is believed that his minimum $5 million salary, as well as his sometimes controversial character, mean that those in charge of the franchise are considering cutting their loses.

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