NFL.com insider Ian Rapoport reported this week that a source close to Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch said the 28-year-old could be considering retirement.
Well there you have it, sports fans. This goes to mental make-up and it looks like when the going gets tough, Marshawn Lynch gets going. Between the talk of a reduced role, the requests for a new contract, and off-field questions, Lynch has been publicly taking his lumps lately and he doesn't seem to be too happy about it. We doubt that he's actually considering retirement, but it just goes to show what he's made of, whether this is a negotiation tactic or not.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Miguel Castro will open the season in the majors.
Castro flew under the radar in the minors last season, but is making the rare jump from A-Ball to the majors. This is thanks to his (likely) temporary move to the bullpen for the Spring, which enabled his stuff to tick up a bit in shorter outings. He's likely next in line to receive saves should Brett Cecil fail, and the 20-year old is worth keeping an eye on. Analysis: Ben Diamond