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Marshawn Lynch wanted to join the Green Bay Packers in 2010

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Former running back Marshawn Lynch is supposedly retired, although that can't be officially confirmed until later due to the fact that so many players in the past have come out of retirement for one or two more years in the NFL.

Coming up to the age of 30, time is still on his side if he wants to return, and the fact he hasn't even handed in his retirement papers to the Seattle Seahawks means he is still on his contract, so we can't rule out a return just yet.

If he doesn't hand in his retirement papers, the Seahawks can cut Lynch on June 1. That would mean he could join any team he wanted if he decides retirement actually wasn't for him.


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However, he may have not wanted to retire as a Seahawk in the first place, as former Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley recently told the Two Deep NFL Podcast, via Fox Sports, that the running back actually wanted to sign for the NFC North side while he was with the Buffalo Bills in 2010.

Their report said: "We were running off the field a€” it was halftime (of the Packers' Week 2 game against the Bills in 2010)," Finley said, via the Sporting News. "Me and (Aaron) Rodgers were running to the locker room and Lynch came and hit us on the shoulder and was like, 'Tell (Packers GM) Ted Thompson to come get me.'

"That's the thing that you deal with in the NFL. Those guys who are playing with the Buffalo Bills or even the Cleveland Browns, and they want to get to a team where they can for sure win a ring. That's why you play the game, to win a championship."

Beast Mode never made his way to Green Bay however, as he was traded to the Seahawks by the Bills in the middle of the 2010 season for a fourth-round pick in 2011 and a conditional 2012 pick. This was the same season which Lynch made his playoff debut against the New Orleans Saints and had a 67-yard touchdown run in which he broke nine tackles. A run that is now known as Beast Quake and can be viewed here.

Of course, Lynch still went on and got his own Super Bowl ring with the Seahawks in the 2013 season, so all's well that ends well. The Packers as well went on to win the Super Bowl themselves in the 2010 season, so maybe that ring could have come sooner for the running back if he was traded to the NFC North side.

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