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.
Lynch rushed 12 times for 34 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 26-21 loss to the 49ers.
Lynch got on the field for the first time since Week 6 of 2018, and he donned the Seahawks jersey for the first time since 2015. Beast Mode brought energy to the lineup but wasn't efficient, recording 2.8 yards per carry. However, Lynch showed a flash from the past as he was brought in for a goal-line run in which he hopped over a pile to score the team's second touchdown of the game. Rookie Travis Homer shared the backfield with Lynch, generating 62 yards on 10 carries, and the shared backfield figures to continue in next Sunday's wild-card round matchup against the Eagles.
Lynch is active Sunday against the 49ers.
Lynch will be available in his first game after coming out of retirement, but it remains to be seen how much and in what situations he'll be utilized. Coach Pete Carroll has been mostly mum regarding Lynch's potential other than to say he and recent signee Robert Turbin will suit up and play Week 17 and beyond. Rookie Travis Homer has the longest current stint with the Seahawks, but the experience of Lynch could win out in the battle for RB touches.
Lynch is expected to play Sunday against the 49ers and could receive around 10-to-15 carries, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Though Lynch hasn't played in an NFL game since Oct. 14, 2018, the Seahawks were apparently satisfied with how the veteran looked from a conditioning standpoint during practice this week after he re-signed with the team Monday. After Seattle lost its top three running backs (Chris Carson, Rashaad Penny and C.J. Prosise) to season-ending injuries within the past three weeks, sixth-round rookie Travis Homer and the newly signed Robert Turbin represent Lynch's only competition for snaps. Given that Homer has worked mainly on special teams this season and made most of his impact on offense as a pass-catching back in Week 16, Lynch looks like the top candidate to lead the Seattle ground attack.
Coach Pete Carroll said Lynch and Robert Turbin both will play in Sunday's game against the 49ers, Brady Henderson of ESPN.com reports.
Carroll isn't exactly reliable with the information he provides at press conferences, and he didn't go into detail about the type of workload Lynch or Turbin might handle. Rookie sixth-round pick Travis Homer is the other backfield option, and while he's the least experienced of the bunch, he's also the only one who has played in the NFL this year.
Coach Pete Carroll won't commit to a role for Lynch until he views the veteran RB in practice this week, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.
Lynch was brought in Monday after the Seahawks lost Chris Carson (hip) and C.J. Prosise (arm) for the season. The latter duo joined Rashaad Penny (knee) on injured reserve, leaving a void to fill in the backfield. Carroll said Tuesday that 2019 sixth-rounder Travis Homer "is ready to go" Sunday versus the 49ers, which is an indication the rookie will be given the first shot out of Seattle's backfield. For those dealing in nostalgia, though, Lynch may be able to provide a jolt as the Seahawks seek not only the NFC West title, but a first-round bye and potentially home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. Working against Lynch is a lack of in-game reps, as he hasn't stepped on the field since Week 6 of last year as a member of the Raiders.
Lynch has agreed to a deal with the Seahawks, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Lynch will make his return to Seattle after playing with the team from 2010 through 2015. In six games with the Raiders last season, Lynch recorded 376 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 90 attempts. The 33-year-old figures to immediately slot into a prominent role after Chris Carson (hip) and C.J. Prosise (arm) suffered season-ending injuries this weekend. Lynch returns in time for a Week 17 matchup against the 49ers with the division on the line.
Lynch's physical went well and a reunion with the Seahawks remains a distinct possibility, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Word of Beast Mode's possible return to Seattle kicked into gear early this week after Chris Carson (hip) and C.J. Prosise (arm) both suffered season-ending injuries Sunday. Having not played all season, it's unknown how fast the 33-year-old back will be able to acclimate to game speed. There should be plenty of reps available, as rookie Travis Homer started the week as the only running back on the roster. Lynch's former teammate, Robert Turbin, is expected to sign with the team as well.
Coach Pete Carroll confirmed Monday that Lynch is en route to Seattle to meet with the team and said "there's a really good chance" the running back re-signs with the Seahawks, Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Thought to be retired for the second time after neither signing nor working out for teams after his tenure with the Raiders ended last spring, the 33-year-old Lynch looks like he'll keep his career going for at least one more regular-season contest and the duration of the Seahawks' playoff run. The five-time Pro Bowler enjoyed his most productive seasons in Seattle, but it's fair to question what kind of shape he might be in or how effective he'll be after having not played in an NFL game since Oct. 14, 2018. Assuming Lynch passes a physical, he should at least be on tap for a limited role in the Seahawks' Week 17 matchup with the 49ers, as Seattle has lost its top three backs (Chris Carson, Rashaad Penny and C.J. Prosise) to season-ending injuries within the past three weeks. Rookie Travis Homer is the lone healthy option at the position currently on the 53-man roster.
Lynch and the Seahawks are "open to a reunion," according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
In the wake of injuries suffered by Chris Carson (hip) and C.J. Prosise (arm), the Seahawks will need to bolster their backfield in advance of Week 17 and the postseason. With that in mind, Lynch -- who played six games for the Raiders in 2018 -- plans to travel to Seattle on Monday. If Beast Mode does end up signing with the Seahawks, he shouldn't have much of an issue getting up to speed with the team's current playbook, but it would remain to be seen how close he is to being in game shape.
Lynch is open to coming out of retirement if the Raiders want him back in 2019, a source told Steve Wyche of NFL Network.
That Lynch still has an apparent desire to play suggests the rumors of his retirement plans that surfaced last week might have more to do with the Raiders wanting to move on from him than anything else. Oakland's decision to bring in fellow bruiser Isaiah Crowell (Achilles) instead of re-signing Lynch earlier this offseason supports that notion, but now that Crowell is lost for the season, the Raiders could rethink their backfield plans. In any case, first-round rookie Josh Jacobs appears primed to handle a significant role right away, which wouldn't bode well for Lynch to continue averaging the 15 carries per game he saw with Oakland in 2018.
Lynch (groin) plans to retire from professional football rather than attempting to play in 2019, league sources told Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Lynch previously stepped away from the game following the Seahawks' Super Bowl 50 loss to the Patriots, sitting out the 2016 season before Seattle traded his rights to Oakland. Invigorated by the chance to play for his hometown team, Lynch promptly inked a two-year deal with the Raiders and made 21 appearances during his time in Oakland, logging 1,267 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. His 2018 campaign was cut short by a groin injury, and though the issue wasn't anything that would have impacted his availability for NFL training camps this summer, the 33-year-old is apparently ready to move on to the next phase of his life. Assuming Lynch follows through with his retirement plans, he'll wrap up his career as a five-time Pro Bowler, one-time Super Bowl champ and the NFL's 29th all-time leading rusher.
GM Mike Mayock suggested Lynch (groin) will wait until after the 2019 NFL Draft to make a decision on his future in football, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports.
Both parties seem content with a patient approach, as the Raiders prefer to maintain flexibility and Lynch probably wants to see how he feels once he's finished rehabbing from October groin surgery. He's likely deciding between another year with the Raiders or retirement, as there hasn't been any suggestion the 32-year-old running back is interested in playing for a different team. Money may also be a factor, given his status as an unrestricted free agent.
Raiders coach Jon Gruden said he is still unsure if Lynch (groin) intends to continue his football career, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
The 32-year-old running back was placed on injured reserve Oct. 22, finishing his 11th NFL season with 90 carries for 376 yards (4.2 average) and three touchdowns. He probably still has something to offer, but a third season with the rebuilding Raiders may not sound too appealing even if he enjoys playing in his hometown. Lynch will turn 33 in April and is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in March.
Lynch (groin) won't be eligible to return from injured reserve this season after the Raiders used their second and last designated-for-return spot Thursday on offensive tackle Donald Penn (leg), Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Since Lynch was shuttled to IR on Oct. 22 shortly after undergoing surgery to repair a torn groin, he wouldn't have been able to play until at least Week 16 in light of the mandated eight-week shutdown period. Coach Jon Gruden offered little optimism Monday that Lynch would be ready to practice in the near future, so it's not too surprising that the Raiders have decided to close the book on his campaign. With Lynch hitting free agency this spring and set to turn 33 years old in April, it's not unreasonable to suspect his NFL career might be over. Lynch had previously retired from the NFL in 2016 before being lured back last season to join his hometown squad, but the idea of returning to the Raiders may not be as appealing with the team relocating to Las Vegas as soon as 2019 and no later than 2020.
Head coach Jon Gruden said Monday that he still doesn't know if Lynch (groin) will be able to return this season, Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com reports.
Gruden said a little over a month ago that he was uncertain about Lynch's availability for the remainder of the season, and he provided the same answer Monday when asked. Gruden did say he "thinks Lynch is getting better," but added that Lynch is rehabbing on his own and the process is being overseen by the training staff, which is an indication he may not know precisely where Lynch stands in his recovery. This leaves the door slightly open for Lynch to play before the season ends, but with just four regular-season weeks to go, that seems unlikely and would leave him little-to-no time to make a fantasy impact should he get back on the field. Doug Martin and Jalen Richard will continue sharing the bulk of the work in the Raiders backfield for now, and likely the rest of the way.
Coach Jon Gruden isn't confident Lynch (groin) will return this season, Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. "I don't know, Gruden said Monday. "I would say it would be very difficult, but I'm never going to shut the door with a guy like that."
NFL teams can designate just two players to return from injured reserve during a given season, and among 10 Raiders on the list Gruden specifically mentioned defensive tackle Justin Ellis (foot) and tackle Donald Penn (leg) as candidates. In the case of Lynch, he was forced to IR due to a groin injury that required surgery Oct. 18, placing his earliest possible return date Dec. 24 against the Broncos. In his stead, Oakland will have a fairly even split of snaps between Doug Martin (28 offensive snaps Sunday against the Colts) and pass-catching back Jalen Richard (22).
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