The Seattle Seahawks lost one of their cornerstones after Marshawn Lynch announced his retirement. While there are rumors suggesting a possible comeback, Lynch appears happy with retirement.
It is worth noting, though, that Lynch is still in contract with the Seahawks until 2017. This leaves a glimmer of hope that “Beast Mode” will eventually return for another title run before he calls it quit for good.
But if Lynch decides not to return, the Seahawks could shift their focus on another star running back. Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is now being linked to the Seahawks after he went down with an injury.
Peterson underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, which could end his 2016 NFL season. The injury came at a time when he needed to impress to earn a big contract for next season.
But now that he is out probably for the remainder of the season, there is a good chance the Vikings will just let him go next offseason. And if that happens, FanSided noted that Seattle is an ideal landing spot for the 31-year-old.
“If Peterson isn’t going back to the Vikings, the best team for him to go to in the NFC is easily the Seattle Seahawks,” FanSided noted. “These are two similarly constructed franchises with elite defenses and complimentary offensive personnel.”
A move to Seattle could work wonders for Peterson’s career, as there will be less pressure on his shoulders. He will also play with Russell Wilson, who is one of the best, if not the best, quarterbacks in the league.
Peterson is not getting any younger as well, which means that he could prioritize winning over money and role. He will have a better chance of winning a Lombardi Trophy in Seattle than in Minnesota.
As for Lynch, it appears that he is not planning to come out of retirement. Former Seahawk Michael Robinson recently said on Periscope that Lynch will stay retired and is busy with his recent humanitarian campaigns.
“Marshawn Lynch is retired,” Robinson said. “He told me from his own mouth. He said: ‘Dude, I’m not going anywhere. I’m as busy as I’ve ever been.’ He’s in Africa, he’s in Australia, he’s all over this world helping people.”