Report: Marshawn Lynch travels to Seahawks, sides 'optimistic' deal will get done


Could it really be?

The Seattle Seahawks are without a running back — but really, it’s dire — and reports floated Sunday night that signing retired back Marshawn Lynch shouldn’t “be ruled out.”

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Now Monday morning, Lynch is reportedly planning to head to Seattle to talk about potentially returning.

The Seahawks (11-4) are playing the San Francisco 49ers next week with the NFC West title on the line. They’re also in contention for a bye the first week of the playoffs along with the 49ers, Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints.

Lynch to take physical, sides reportedly ‘optimistic’

Update (12:41 p.m. ET): Pete Carroll confirmed to 710 ESPN Seattle that Lynch will be at the Seahawks facility Monday afternoon. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the former star will take a physical and both sides are “optimistic” he’ll be back in a Seattle uniform for week 17.

“We’re going to give him a really good chance to come back and play for us,” Carroll said on 710 ESPN Seattle, per Schefter.

FILE - In this May 5, 2016, file photo, Marshawn Lynch talks on the phone after giving a speech at a job fair in Seattle. Lynch is putting to rest any lingering speculation about a possible return to the NFL in an interview with "60 Minutes Sports." In the interview that is to air Tuesday, June 7, 2016, Lynch says, "I'm retired. Is that good enough? (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
Is the retired Marshawn Lynch going back to the Seahawks? (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Seahawks in need of running back

Seattle entered week 16 already missing Rashaad Penny to a torn ACL. They then lost Chris Carson and C.J. Prosise to season-ending injuries against the Arizona Cardinals.

Carson suffered a hip injury and was ruled out for the season on Monday. He led the team with 278 carries for 1,230 yards and seven touchdowns.

Prosise suffered a broken arm and is done. He had 23 attempts for 72 yards and a touchdown.

Travis Homer is the last back remaining on the team’s official depth chart. After the top two backs left with injuries on Sunday, he took played 28 snaps and had five carries for 16 yards. He added six catches for 26 yards on eight targets.

Rookie RB Xavier Turner is on the practice squad.

Carroll told reporters after the game, via the Tacoma News Tribune:

“We have to get scrambling,” he said. “(Seahawks general manager John Schneider’s) got to get to work and figure out what we’re doing next. That’s a lot of game for Homer to have to play by himself. So obviously we will make some moves here, and figure some stuff out.”

Beast Mode back in Seattle?

Lynch, 33, played for Seattle from 2010-2015 after a trade by the Buffalo Bills. He earned four of his five Pro Bowls appearances while there and helped the Seahawks win Super Bowl XLVIII.

He announced his first retirement in February 2016, but quickly returned to play for his hometown Oakland Raiders when Seattle agreed to the trade. He played two years there and retired again in 2019.

Lynch played only six games that final season. In six years with Seattle, he rushed for 6,347 yards on 1,457 carries with 57 touchdowns. He caught 158 passes for 1,309 yards and eight scores.

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