Lynch Traveling To Seattle To Discuss Rejoining Seahawks
Seattle Devastated By Injuries
The Seattle Seahawks are sitting on a record of 11-4 with a playoff berth already clinched and a chance to claim the NFC West title with a win over San Francisco in Week 17. However, they have one big problem.
Seattle has been devastated by injuries at the running back position, and now it is turning to some former players to fill its need in the backfield.
Lynch And Turbin To Meet With Seahawks
One of those players is a Seahawks fan favorite after spending time with the team between 2010 and 2015. On Monday, Marshawn Lynch was reportedly traveling to Seattle to discuss a potential reunion with his former team.
Also expected to meet with the Seahawks and discuss a return is former Seattle running back Robert Turbin, who is currently a free agent.
With a win on Sunday, Seattle would win the division and earn one of the top three seeds in the NFC. However, reinforcements at the running back position are needed after Chris Carson recently suffered a hip injury that will end his season.
Carson is the latest casualty in a backfield that’s already lost Rashaad Penny and C.J. Prosise for the rest of the year.
“Beast Mode” Coming Back for More?
The running back everyone calls “Beast Mode” would be an exciting signing for fans in Seattle, but what would he bring to a Seahawks team aiming for a deep playoff run?
First of all, Lynch reportedly retired this past April, but it’s unclear if he ever filed retirement paperwork with the NFL.
Nonetheless, Lynch spent the last two seasons with the Oakland Raiders. Last year, the five-time Pro-Bowler rushed for 376 yards and three touchdowns in six games with Jon Gruden’s team.
A Good Fit
The running back was much more successful in Seattle, where he led the NFL in rushing touchdowns in both 2013 and 2014. Lynch also topped the 1,000-yard mark in four consecutive seasons in Seattle.
Although Lynch isn’t expected to be the dominant version of himself after losing a few steps, he’d likely be able to plug right into an offense he played within for several years.
With injuries to Carson, Prosise, and Penny, the Seahawks will need to sign someone. If they settle on Lynch, they’ll be hoping he can replace the production of Carson, who led the team with 1,230 yards and seven TDs on the ground.
Seattle Eying Postseason Bye
The Seahawks are very much in contention for the NFC’s top seed, which would come with a bye week in the playoffs. That sort of reward would be incredibly welcome as it would give Seattle a chance to further integrate whichever new running back it brings in.
However, the Seahawks haven’t earned a bye week just yet.
First of all, Seattle would need to beat a very good 49ers team to win the NFC West and make sure it doesn’t enter the playoffs as a Wild Card team.
At that point, the Seahawks could clinch the top overall seed and home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs with a Saints loss in Week 17 and a 1-1 finish by the Packers, or by a Saints loss in Week 17, an 0-2 finish by the Packers, and a 2-0 finish by the Vikings.
The Packers and Vikings faced off on Monday Night Football to complete Week 16.