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Seahawks GM John Schneider under the impression Marshawn Lynch ‘leaning towards retirement’

Adrian Peterson's deal sets the market for Marshawn Lynch's talks with Oakland, says John Clayton. (AP)

The biggest question for the Seahawks heading into the offseason is essentially the same as the biggest question during the season: Is Marshawn Lynch coming back or not?

Seahawks general manager John Schneider shed a little light on Beast Mode’s uncertain future while on 710 ESPN Seattle’s “Brock and Salk” Friday morning.

“I’m under the impression that’s he’s leaning towards retirement,” Schneider said.

This wouldn’t be the first time Lynch, 29, has considered retirement – in fact this marks the third straight offseason that Lynch has reportedly considered hanging up his cleats for good.

Though Schneider is under the impression retirement is a good possibility for Lynch, he didn’t pretend to have a better grip than anybody else on what the running back’s next move will be.

“I would have no idea,” he said. “I just know that we’re going to treat him with as much respect as we possibly can here and give him a little leeway to kind of find his way in terms of what he wants to do.”

Lynch, a nine-year NFL veteran and five-time Pro Bowler, is under contract with Seattle through 2017. He’s coming off an injury-riddled 2015 in which underwent abdominal surgery on Nov. 10, playing just seven regular-season games and one postseason contest.