Lynch's agent has been in talks with the Seahawks about the running back's potential return this season, Brady Henderson of ESPN.com reports. Lynch seemed far from certain that he would play in in 2020, but he's at least leaving door open. The veteran returned late in the season for the Seahawks last year, playing in the team's Week 17 contest as well as a pair of playoff games. It's quite possible that his decision on whether or not to play this season doesn't come until after the campaign begins.
Lynch isn't likely to re-sign with the Seahawks early this offseason, but coach Pete Carroll acknowledged that the team might allow for special terms if the running back wants to play again at some point, Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune reports. Lynch will turn 34 in April and doesn't seem to have any interest in the nine-month grind of offseason practices, training camp and a 16-game campaign. However, his December and January cameo in Seattle proved he can still contribute to an NFL team, with impressive conditioning and football IQ helping him find instant success at the goal line (four scores in three games). It isn't out of the question that the Seahawks could offer Lynch some guaranteed money this offseason, considering Rashaad Penny (torn ACL) and Chris Carson (fractured hip) both are recovering from significant injuries. Even so, the most likely scenario is one where Lynch remains unsigned or retired come Week 1.
Lynch rushed 12 times for 26 yards and two touchdowns while failing to earn a target in Sunday's 28-23 divisional-round loss to the Packers. Lynch displayed his signature power running style in what could be his final NFL appearance, powering in one-yard touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters. The 33-year-old running back scored four rushing touchdowns in three appearances after coming out of retirement to join the injury-riddled Seahawks backfield for one regular-season game and two playoff contests. Chances are he'll hang up the cleats for good after this loss.
Coach Pete Carroll feels Lynch is ready for additional touches, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports. "I want to see him do more now. He's made it through, again, two games," Carroll said. "I think we can increase his role and allow him to be a little more active part of it." Lynch has rushed 18 times for 41 yards and caught two of three targets for 25 yards over his first games back following over a year without playing an NFL snap. Beast Mode signaled that he's feeling good following the game and could absorb a heightened workload. We'll take Carroll's words with a grain of salt. While there's no reason to think Lynch won't be a bigger part of the game plan going forward, Travis Homer has proved to have big-play upside that Lynch doesn't appear to have at 33 years old, so Carroll realistically could ride the hot hand -- whether it be Lynch or Homer -- in the divisional round against the Packers. In essence, Lynch is ready for an increased workload if he earns it. With that said, Lynch has a touchdown in each game since returning and is the Seahawks' clear goal-line back.
Lynch rushed six times for seven yards and a score in Sunday's 17-9 wild-card playoff win over the Eagles. He also caught two passes for 25 yards. The Seahawks couldn't get past the Eagles' tough defensive front, as Travis Homer generated just 12 yards on 11 carries. However, Lynch kicked it into Beast Mode in the second quarter, as he pushed through multiple defenders to find the paydirt. The Packers' run defense is much weaker than the Eagles', but Homer still figures to command a bulk of the carries while Lynch garners goal-line work in the divisional round.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||10/03||@San Francisco 49ers||7||14.75|
|5||10/07||Los Angeles Rams||5||14.56|
|7||10/25||New Orleans Saints||2||13.00|
|10||11/14||@Green Bay Packers||27||20.33|
|12||11/29||@Washington Football Team||3||14.24|
|13||12/05||San Francisco 49ers||7||14.75|
|15||12/19||@Los Angeles Rams||5||14.56|
|3 Year Avg||34||137||1||5||28||0||21|