Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has spent none of his $49.7 million NFL salary. The 29-year-old has apparently been living the last nine years off the money he has made from endorsements and other business ventures.
“Marshawn Lynch has a lot of money. He hasn’t spent a dime of his actual playing money.” Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network said to sportsradiokjr.com.
Lynch’s income through endorsement deals is around $5 million per year. He has endorsement deals with Activision, Pepsi, Progressive, Nike and Skittles, according to a report by Forbes.
Marshawn Lynch was the 12th pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. He signed a rookie contract with the Buffalo Bills worth around $19 million, which was a modest sum back then. He was then traded to the Seattle Seahawks.
Before the 2012 season Lynch signed a four-year extension with the Hawks in a deal worth $30 million. Marshawn Lynch’s career earning to date is $49.7 million.
Meanwhile, during the Super Bowl 50, Lynch gave a strong hint that he’s retiring from the game.
John Schneider, general manager of the Seahawks claimed on 710 ESPN radio that he was under the impression that Lynch was “leaning towards retirement.”
Based on the reports, it seems unlikely that Lynch will return to the NFL next season.
Marshawn Lynch had an injury laden 2015 season in which he missed nine games. His backup, rookie Thomas Rawls has been impressive with his performance and moving on from Lynch will be best for the Seahawks.
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