Many assumed Marshawn Lynch’s late-season cameo with the Seahawks, the team he won his first and only Super Bowl with in 2013, was the running back’s NFL swan song. And while that could still be the case for the eccentric 34-year-old, Lynch hasn't ruled out a return to the gridiron. In fact, Lynch, who currently sits 29th on the NFL’s all-time rushing list, indicated to ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt that a return to Seattle is already in the works.
“My agent [Doug Hendrickson] has been in talks with Seattle, so like I said, we’ll see what happens,” the five-time Pro Bowler expressed in Monday night’s interview with Van Pelt. “If it works out and I get back up there, it is what it is. And if not, s---, I'm lookin' good. So I ain't really trippin' too much.” Per usual, Lynch has had a busy offseason, appearing in a recurring role on HBO’s Westworld while also finding time to distribute “Beast Mode” medical masks around his native Oakland. Well-known for his punishing rushing style (including an instance when he literally caused an earthquake), a deep love of Skittles and his never-ending parade of hilarious quips, Lynch fared reasonably well in his second tour of duty with Seattle, producing four touchdowns in only three games before the Seahawks were bounced by the Packers in the Divisional Round of last year’s playoffs.
On the surface, Seattle would appear to be well-stocked at running back with 1,000-yard rusher Chris Carson and former first-round pick Rashaad Penny in tow, though both are coming off significant injuries including an ACL tear that could shelve Penny for the start of 2020. Lynch would certainly fit the mold of a veteran depth signing and his familiarity with long-time coach Pete Carroll makes the Seahawks a logical fit. The Cal-Berkeley alum suited up for his hometown Raiders in 2017-18, though the silver and black have since moved to Las Vegas.
Whatever the future holds for Marshawn, whether it’s in the NFL or elsewhere, we know the 12-year vet will be taking good care of his chicken.