Michael Robinson, ex-Seahawks fullback who’s very well-known with pay per head services, spoke with RB Marshawn Lynch and said that the player doesn’t currently know if he wants to continue in the NFL.
“My bet would be that he plays next year in Seattle,” said Robinson on Thursday during a radio interview with 710 ESPN Seattle. “I don’t think Marshawn knows yet. I don’t know what the timeline is. It’s probably going to be a feel thing, and we’ll just see like everybody else.”
Last summer, a 28-year-old Lynch did not go to training camp for eight days before changes were made on the way that his contract was planned out, which in 2015 has one more year at $7 million.
“I don’t think he knew whether he was going to play last year until almost training camp,” said Robinson.
“Marshawn is getting to a point in his life where he may want to enjoy other things that are important to him.”
After he spoke with Lynch, Robinson said that the RB is also thinking about retiring from the sport due to the punishment that his body took after eight years of his type of physical running. Robinson doesn’t believe that money would be an issue in the decision made by the player – and neither do many pay per head services – even though Seattle did say that he would want to extend his deal.
“I don’t think it factors in too much,” said Robinson, “but obviously this is a business. With the running back position being so devalued, I think he wants to be paid like the heartbeat of the team, which he should be.
“He knows that he has the leverage. He knows that he’s the best back in the league. He knows he’s a difference-maker not only on the field but off the field.”
NFL fans were wondering if Lynch would return next season or not, and this is what Robinson had to say:
“C’mon, man, it’s Marshawn,” he said, meaning that one can’t know for sure what the RB could be considering doing. “Has he had enough football? You can’t ask him that right after the season because your body is telling you yes. Right now you just have to let him wait it out, see how the offseason goes, let him get his body right again and then you will see if he wants to come back or not.”
The former player decided to retire the sport after last season ended, when he was 30-year-old.