Marshwan Lynch is a 28 year-old, Super Bowl winning running back. It's an impressive resume if I say so myself and I can understand if he wanted to "go-out" on top. Who wouldn't want to win a Super Bowl and ride off into the sunset.
But you're kidding yourself if you truly believe that this is what Lynch's "retirement" threat is all about. It's all about the money. Just as everything is in the world today.
Show Me The Money
It's possible I'm wrong. If he does retire I'll be the first to admit I bashed him unfairly and that I missed the mark, but that's why I've issued my challenge: If you're really considering retiring for the "right reasons", then prove it.
Lynch is clearly floating in the clouds after a Super Bowl victory. It appears he's unhappy with his $5 million salary and in my opinion the guy has lost his marbles. He's also slated to make $5.5 million in 2015 (if he's on the roster) plus another $2.5 million in roster bonuses over those time periods.
I don't know if Lynch has taken any time to look at the values of running backs now-a-days, but they're aren't what they used to be. Not to mention the fact that the Seahawks used a 2nd round pick on Christine Michael in 2013.
There is zero chance the Seahawks are going to give a running back who has had 900 carries over the past three years more money than he is already getting. Plus the fact that he's a two-down back in a league that is becoming more passing orientated by the week.
Lynch has been one of the best running backs in the league and he's a great complement to what the Seahawks do with their physical attitude towards playing football. However I think he's getting a bit greedy.
Lynch's 2014 Fantasy Value
Lynch is going to be the starting back in Seattle when the season opens in September. The bigger question is, will he be the cowbell back he's always been?
We've recently heard from Darrell Bevell, the Seahawks offensive coordinator, that they are "going to be using a running back by committee and that the team really likes Christine Michael." I swear a puppy dies every time we hear about a RBBC. That's always terrible news for fantasy football fans.
Lynch's fantasy value has remained because he has been one of the few remaining cowbell backs in the NFL. There's a chance that his load lightens just a bit this season.
With Bevells' comments I downgrade Lynch ever so slightly, just enough to be around my 9th guy overall. Let's just say I probably won't own Lynch in fantasy this year.
There's no reason to think the Seahawks won't work the hell out of him in 2014, because they'll likely cut him after the season to pay Russell Wilson and some others.
Do I blame Lynch for wanting more money? No. Who wouldn't want to make a couple extra million. Do I agree with his threat to retire? Absolutely not. He needs to suck it up and make "only" $5 million this year.
Remember, you can't win your fantasy league in the first two rounds, but you bet your ass you can lose it. Keep that in mind when evaluating Lynch through the offseason.
For the record, I never actually played football. I have no doubt that I would get crushed running across the middle for a pass, every single time.
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