Seahawks Make Surprising Marshawn Lynch Decision
The Seahawks made a surprising Marshawn Lynch decision this week.
Following a disappointing playoff exit at the hands of the Green Bay Packers, the time has come for Seattle to look ahead to next season.
One of the big questions surrounding the franchise is what will happen to their veteran star.
Lynch signed with the Seahawks just before Week 17 for a contract that would last the duration of the playoffs.
Seattle had just been ravaged by injuries to the running back position, and the 33-year-old semi-retired Lynch was the best option at the time.
Over the course of the postseason Lynch was a serviceable supporting piece on offense, and pretty much did precisely what the team had hoped he would when he was signed.
The big question now is: where do all involved go from here?
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In 2020, Seattle will see the return of their top two running backs.
Both Rashaad Penny and Chris Carson are due back in time for the regular season, as is C.J. Prosise. Between those three and backup Travis Homer, Seattle theoretically has four able-bodied options at running back without Lynch.
Furthermore, if for any reason Seattle thinks it needs additional ground game support, it could simply use its 27th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft on someone like D’Andre Swift.
Despite seemingly having an abundance of options at running back, the Seahawks refused to close the door on a Lynch return.
Essentially they are leaving it up to the veteran.
“He’s going to go home and think about it,” Carroll said.
“We were all very fortunate to have a chance to see Marshawn come back and play again.
“To score four touchdowns in the last three weeks, it was pretty cool. Just being Marshawn down inside the 5-yard line, he was nails. I don’t know, I don’t know what he’s going to do. I don’t think he knows yet.”
Lynch, for his part, was non-committal on a potential 2020 comeback.
“We’ll see what’s happening,” he said.
During a radio interview a few weeks ago, Lynch’s agent said that he “would not be shocked if his client wants to” return. “Never say never,” he added.
Based on everything said by all parties involved, it seems like Lynch’s 2020 status with the Seahawks is very much up to the veteran running back himself.
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