The offseason is always an interesting time in the National Football League, players being changed out from team to team, coaches being shipped away, and new draft picks work to earn their way onto the roster. The one thing nobody wants to hear in the offseason is that one of the workhorses for their favorite team has decided to call it a career. As a fan of the Carolina Panthers it was painful seeing that their star tackle, Jordan Gross decided it was time for him to step away from the game, it’s never easy when you see a favorite player retire. One thing that tends to put a player who’s debating retirement over the top is when their team wins a Super Bowl in the year they’re debating leaving, that’s usually the pinnacle of the business, adding that ring makes a big difference in many instances.
The Seattle Seahawks won the first Super Bowl in franchise history and a good portion of their run was carried on the shoulders of one man, Marshawn Lynch. Lynch is an incredible talent, he’s become an absolute beast in the last couple years especially with his massive run against the New Orleans Saints a couple years back that actually caused a seismic shift. Now there are rumors that Lynch may actually be looking to retire this offseason, as he really has nothing left to prove in the NFL, unfortunately for the fans we would miss out on his incredible ability. This could be a massive blow to Seattle as Lynch is too good a player, his loss could prove to be incredibly difficult to bounce back from in a quick timeframe.
The Seahawks are a very talented team and they have a very strong possiblity of repeating as the Super Bowl Champions next season, but if Marshawn Lynch actually follows through with his rumored plan of retirement those odds become quite a bit more long. It’s already expected that Lynch will not attend the upcoming Mandatory Training Camp for Seattle, but today the rumors of possible retirement crept out and has fans scrambling. While it’s not impossible for Seattle to reach the Super Bowl again and win, without their bruiser in the backfield you do have to wonder just how difficult it may be for them to climb that hill. Right now I’m sure there are fans in Seattle that are shaking in their boots wondering where they go from here, but rest assured, even if Marshawn retires there is still a lot of talent in the Seattle backfield so they should remain in good shape, we just have to see how everything unfolds, but for the sake of Seattle fans let’s hope their powerhouse comes back for at least one more season, let the waiting games begin.