Speculation picked up this week about Marshawn Lynch potentially deciding he wants to play football again. Richard Sherman spent time with Lynch at retired fullback Michael Robinson’s charity weekend and said he wouldn't "put anything past" Lynch, noting that his former teammate is about as predictable as a pair of dice.
Pete Carroll was asked Thursday whether Lynch has been in touch with him about a potential return.
His response: "No."
There are really two separate questions here. No. 1: Is it possible Lynch will change his mind and want to play football again?
The answer there is yes. Lynch has had an eventful offseason. He traveled to Egypt with the American Football Without Barriers program. He went to Haiti with Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril to build an elementary school. And he's been spotted in Oakland with Bill Clinton as part of a service day. In many ways, it seems Lynch had a bucket list of things he wanted to accomplish post-football, and he's checking them off one by one.
But let's remember that he's less than four months removed from retirement. When September or October rolls around, perhaps Lynch will get the itch again. It's not far-fetched to consider that a possibility.
The second question is: If Lynch does decide he wants to play again, would it be with the Seahawks?
In regard to Aaron's question, the Seahawks have Lynch's rights through 2017. If he decided he wanted to play again, they would have four options: pay him under the terms of his current deal ($9 million salary in 2016), negotiate a pay cut, trade him or release him.
Lynch is 30 years old and missed nine games last season with a number of injuries. When he played, he averaged 3.76 yards per carry, which ranked 37th in the NFL.
Thomas Rawls led the NFL in yards per carry (5.65) and looked perfectly capable of being the lead back, assuming he recovers from his fractured ankle. The team also spent three draft picks on the running back position and re-signed Christine Michael. In other words, they've moved on. There's virtually no chance they'd pay Lynch under the terms of his current deal, and a renegotiation wouldn't make sense for either side.
The bottom line is Lynch has plenty of friends and supporters in the Seahawks locker room. In the coming months, they'll likely talk about how much they miss him and how they'd welcome him back. But the guys who make the decisions are GM John Schneider and Carroll. Looking at it from their viewpoint, it's tough to envision any scenario where it'd make sense to bring Lynch back.
Sherman was right that Lynch is unpredictable, and it's never wise to say "never" with him. But at this point, it would be an absolute stunner if Lynch were to play another game in a Seahawks uniform.