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Seahawks’ Richard Sherman isn’t convinced Marshawn Lynch will stay retired

May 22, 2016, 2:33 PM | Updated: 10:18 pm
Marshawn Lynch took down a kid during a blocking drill at his Fam 1st Family Foundation's camp. (AP...
Marshawn Lynch took down a kid during a blocking drill at his Fam 1st Family Foundation's camp. (AP)
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Marshawn Lynch is officially retired, with the Seahawks placing the 30-year-old running back on the NFL’s reserve/retired list earlier this month. But in an interview with NFL.com, Seattle’s star cornerback Richard Sherman expressed hope that the unpredictable running back might reappear on the field for another season.

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When asked by Michael Robinson, a former Seahawk fullback and current member of the NFL Network, whether Beast Mode will remain retired, Sherman responded: “I don’t put anything past him. He’s about as predictable as a pair of dice. So I don’t try to call his plays. But obviously, it’s going to be different. We got a little sample of it last year … I think we’re prepared for it in some aspects, but you really never want to be prepared for that. You really would hope he comes back. In the back of your mind, you hope he comes back and plays another year.”

Lynch managed only 417 rushing yards and three touchdowns during an injury-shortened 2015 season. Second-year player Thomas Rawls is expected to return from a major injury as Seattle’s lead back in 2016. The team also re-signed Christine Michael and drafted running backs C.J. Prosise, Alex Collins and Zac Brooks in the third, fifth and seventh rounds, respectively.

The Seahawks cleared $6.5 million in salary-cap space for 2016 by placing Lynch on the reserve/retired list. If Lynch decides to unretire, the Seahawks would own his rights.

Lynch’s retirement announcement appeared to come during the Super Bowl in February via a tweet that included a photo of a pair of cleats hanging over power lines. He didn’t submit his retirement paperwork until May 5, but Seahawks general manager John Schneider shot down any notion that Lynch was reconsidering his future.

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