SEATTLE — The Seahawks acquired Marshawn Lynch early in the 2010 season because they desperately needed a running back.
What he ended up providing was an attitude and style that became the foundation for bringing the first Super Bowl title to the Pacific Northwest.
For that, Lynch will forever hold a special place with Seattle.
Without saying a word — big surprise — Lynch drew a lot of attention during the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl on Sunday night with a single post on social media. Just a picture, green cleats hanging from a power or telephone line, and a peace sign emoji. It was his way of saying goodbye from football, a decision that his agent Doug Hendrickson confirmed Monday by saying that Lynch intends to retire.
Lynch, who enjoyed avoiding media attention away from the field as much as he thrived under the spotlight with the ball in his hands, is stepping away just before his 30th birthday.
"Since I've been here he's been the heart and soul, the engine of our offense. A vocal leader. A great influence and one of the best teammates I've ever had," receiver Doug Baldwin said last month of Lynch. "I can't say enough about him."
Lynch will step aside after nine seasons. Six came in Seattle, where he played in the postseason five times. He's second in Seattle history in rushing touchdowns and fourth in yards rushing. He tied for the NFL lead in rushing touchdowns in 2013 and 2014 and is No. 8 all-time in total yards rushing during the postseason.
COOPER CUT: Receiver Riley Cooper's controversial career in Philadelphia ended when the Eagles released the former Clearwater Central Catholic and Gators star after six seasons with the team. Cooper, 28, finished with 169 catches for 2,418 yards and 18 touchdowns. His relative lack of production in 2014 and 2015 often made him the source of fans' ire, and a video surfaced in July 2013 showing him shouting a racial slur at a security guard during a concert.
RB SUSPECT IN BEATING: Bills running back LeSean McCoy was under investigation after a weekend assault in Philadelphia sent two off-duty police officers to the hospital with injuries, according to local news reports. McCoy, 27, former Chargers running back Curtis Brinkley and former University of Pittsburgh player Tamarcus Porter were involved in an altercation inside a nightclub at about 2:45 a.m. Sunday, according to reports. Philadelphia police said in a statement that a 40-year-old off-duty officer was knocked down by four men, who "punched, kicked and stomped about his body and head multiple times." The altercation reportedly started when three officers bought four bottles of champagne and Porter tried to claim one of the bottles.
FALCONS: Safety William Moore and linebacker Justin Durant, both long-time starters, were released.
SAINTS: Four-time All-Pro right guard Jahri Evans was released. Evans has started for all 10 seasons since being drafted in 2006.