As unpredictable as some of these decisions can be for many players, it is even more so for the ultra-unpredictable Lynch. But as of now, despite the fact that his teammates still are attempting to change his mind, Lynch's plan is to walk away from the game, something that he has even shared with some in the Seahawks' organization.
Lynch was limited to just 111 carries and 417 yards in the regular season because of a hamstring injury early in the season and abdominal surgery in late November that sidelined him for the final seven games of the regular season. A five-time Pro Bowler, Lynch will cost $11.5 million against Seattle's salary cap for the 2016 season if he returns.
In January, Seahawks general manager John Schneider revealed that Lynch was "leaning towards" retirement, and those feelings have only strengthened.
Slowly, it is turning into the offseason of the retirement. Charles Woodson and Justin Tuck already have retired, Calvin Johnson is likely to retire, and there still are pending decisions from great players such as Julius Peppers and Peyton Manning. But as of now, it sounds like Beast Mode is in Shut-down Mode.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.