It appears that long time safety John Lynch may have played his final down in the NFL, or at least for the Broncos. The popular safety left the Denver Broncos earlier today, and is pondering his future and seems to be ready to move on to life after football. Lynch will turn 37 in September, and told TV station KCNC today that he will consider his options both in and out of football.
The decision to leave Denver does not have everything to do with not wanting to play according to sources. ESPN is reporting that Lynch is unhappy with his role with the team, and despite working with the first-team defense in camp so far, has not worked in nickel and dime packages. Sources say he’s not happy with not playing as much.
It looked as if Lynch was ready to retire after last season, but Broncos owner Pat Bowlen talked him into coming back for the 2008 season. The team has not spoken about his departure, and coach Mike Shanahan said that Lynch was excused for personal reasons. It remains to be seen if Bowlen will try and get involved again, or if Lynch has made up his mind for good to walk away.