Marshawn Lynch Watch: Will Seahawks reunite with Beast Mode?
Update 8:51 p.m.: Marshawn Lynch has indeed returned to the Seahawks. It was confirmed Monday night in a tweet by his agent. Click here for the full story here.
The Seahawks need help at running back. They called Marshawn Lynch. Whether he ends up coming out of retirement to rejoin coach Pete Carroll, general manager John Schneider and quarterback Russell Wilson is yet to be seen, however.
What we know is that Lynch definitely flew to Seattle on Monday and was definitely at Seahawks headquarters to see if he is a fit for a gigantic hole the Seahawks suddenly have at running back after Chris Carson and C.J. Prosise both suffered season-ending injuries Sunday, just weeks after the same happened to Rashaad Penny.
We’ll update this post as information becomes available throughout the night about Lynch’s status.
Here’s what’s happened thus far:
Marshawn Lynch is officially a Seattle Seahawk. His agent Doug Hendrickson confirmed it with a tweet Monday night.
— Doug Hendrickson (@DHendrickson41) December 24, 2019
Momma Lynch provides a hint?
Delisa Lynch, Marshawn’s mother, has posted a tweet that seems to signal that her son is about to wear a No. 24 jersey once again.
Let’s go 24 !!!!!
— Delisa Lynch (@MommaLynch24) December 24, 2019
Good news with Lynch’s physical
NFL.com reporter Ian Rapoport tweeted that there were “no issues” with Lynch’s physical for the Seahawks, bringing the two sides that much closer to reuniting.
The #Seahawks’ physical for FA RB Marshawn Lynch went well and as expected, source said. No issues there, as a signing and reunion moves closer to reality.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 24, 2019
Robert Turbin rejoins Seahawks
Lynch isn’t the only former Seahawks running back who Seattle brought in for a tryout. Turbin, who was a backup of Lynch’s from 2012-14, signaled that he has rejoined the team out of free agency with an Instagram post.
Turbin, 30, last played in the NFL in 2018 for the Indianapolis Colts.
Lynch reportedly undergoes physical
ESPN’s Adam Schefter has been all over the Lynch news, and he reported Monday night that Lynch underwent a physical for the Seahawks and is awaiting results. It’s fair to assume that if he passes the physical, the return of Beast Mode is on.
Marshawn Lynch just left his physical with the Seahawks and is now awaiting results.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 24, 2019
Pete Carroll confirms Seahawks’ interest
On 710 ESPN Seattle’s Pete Carroll Show with Danny and Gallant on Monday morning, Carroll surprisingly offered up the news that Lynch was on his way to Seahawks headquarters with the intention of coming out of retirement to fill the void Seattle suddenly has in the backfield.
“He’ll be flying in here this morning and we’re going to give him a really good chance to come back and play for us,” Carroll said. “I’m fired up for it. He’s got to get through hoops he has to jump through here, physical and stuff like that, but he’s been working really hard. He’s really excited about the chance to do something, helping out. I think it’s… great if he can get out there and tote the ball for us. The circumstances rolled just at this time. He could have four, five games left in him. Maybe that’s just what we need.”
Lynch retired (for the second time) after the 2018 season, which was his second with his hometown Oakland Raiders. His last game, coincidentally enough, was against the Seahawks.
Carson done for the year
Carroll also confirmed on 710 ESPN Seattle that Carson, who was enjoying his second straight 1,000-yard season, was done for the season due to a fracture in his hip that he suffered in the Seahawks’ 23-17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday night.