After an injury-riddled 2015 campaign, Marshawn Lynch decided enough was enough, calling it a career after 10 years in the NFL. Or so he thought at the time. Apparently the five-time Pro Bowler might be getting the itch to return for at least one more season after all.
This according to Mike Florio for ProFootballTalk, who hears from a source that Lynch is “up in the air” about making a comeback. The report states Beastmode could be in full effect as soon as Week 4 or Week 5.
If Lynch does decide to return, it would be with the Seahawks, with whom he is still under contract. That could create an interesting dynamic, as Christine Michael and Thomas Rawls are already battling for reps, while a pair of rookie running backs also have a place on the current 53-man roster.
It’s possible the Seahawks may not even be all that interested in having Lynch back given their current depth at the position. Injuries could certainly cloud that situation over the next month, but if not, that would seem to set up for a potential trade.
Of course, the Seahawks might not be the only team that doesn’t want Lynch. One reason it was easy to move on from a back that’s rushed for over 1,000 yards six times in his career is he turned 30 years old during the offseason. It’s hard to envision the NFL lining up to acquire his services.
Even when Lynch was able to suit up last season, the production was lacking. His 3.8 yards per carry and three touchdowns in seven games were among his career lows, and while injury could be to blame, it’s not unusual for running backs to decline at his age, especially with his mileage.
So a return for Lynch would be somewhat surprising, to say the least. Then again, it only takes one team to make a comeback possible, so if he wants to scratch that itch, he may have an opportunity.