Just over a week ago, Marshawn Lynch’s idea of retirement to play for the Seahawks may have been laughing. The 33-year-old running back looked happy eating tequila at the Raiders’ doors in Auckland and Seattle was running the playoffs with the NFL’s third-best offense.
Any of that laughter ended when the Seahawks lost both starting running backs Chris Carson (broken hip) and backup C.J. Prosise (broken arm) for the rest of the season in the same game, losing week 16 to the Cardinals. It was a few weeks after Rashaad Penny’s visit to an injured reserve that ended the season with a torn ACL.
With Travis Homer remaining as the only healthy running back in the Seattle roster, the team had few options but to give Lynch the call. “Beast Mode” was happy to respond.
The next day after the Seahawks lost to the Cardinals, Lynch moved to Seattle for a meeting with team officials. “We’re going to give him a great chance to come back and play for us,” coach Pete Carroll said at 710 ESPN Seattle this morning.
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After arriving in Seattle, Lynch went through a workout and a physical one, passing both tests. That night, ESPN reported that Lynch signed an agreement for this year only.
“There’s so much going on and we know him as I think you could get to know a man and what he brings and what he has to offer,” Carroll said after signing Lynch via ESPN. “It brings a lot to the table, it’s as natural as a player as I used to be, as a competitor I’ve found in the past, so when you add someone like this to your team, it only helps and reinforces the kind of attitude we already love.”
The same day they signed Lynch, the Seahawks brought another familiarity with Robert Turbin for extra depth. Homer, Lynch, and Turbin are the only ones running back to Seattle’s roster and entering Week 17 of the 49ers, a game that will determine the NFC West champion.
True to form, Lynch was a man of few words when asked this week why he came out of retirement to help the Seahawks.
“Happy Holidays,” he said. “Happy New Year.” Have a great day, it’s very exciting to come back.
Lynch played Seattle for the last time in the playoff round of the 2015 postseason, when the Seahawks lost to the NFC Panthers final winner. Designed by Buffalo in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft, Lynch moved to Seattle during the 2010 season.
In six seasons with the Seahawks, he put up 6,347 rebounds, 57 rushing touchdowns, four Pro Bowl selections and an epic postseason bearing against the Saints.
After this 2015 season, Lynch retired superbly while the Super Bowl 50 was playing Twitter posting a photo of his nipples hanging on a cable. After scheduling the 2016 season, he returned to play for the Raiders for two seasons, playing in 21 games and collecting 1,267 rebounds and 10 rushing touchdowns in the process.
Although not technically retired, he was allegedly involved with football as soon as his contract with the Raiders expired in March. That changed a few days ago.
Marshawn Lynch’s contract with the Seahawks
Lynch’s new contract with Seattle is only for this year, which in terms of the regular season is just a game. According to NFL.com, it will pay $ 60,588 for this game, which is the league’s minimum.
However, Lynch signed with the Seahawks having already won a playoff spot, which means he and all the other Seattle players will make extra money in the postseason. The longer the Seahawks last in the playoffs, the more their players will win.
CBS Sports’ John Breech has provided an analysis of the money Lynch could make in the playoffs:
“For this year’s playoffs, Lynch could pocket an extra $ 242,000 if the Seahawks end up winning the Super Bowl, but that could only happen if the Seahawks end up the NFC seed. 3. In this scenario, Lynch- and all Seahawks players will receive $ 31,000 for the Seahawks wild card round, $ 31,000 for the rose, and $ 56,000 to play in the NFC title game. Lynch will receive also a separate check for $ 124,000 if the Seahawks win the Super Bowl. If you add that to $ 60,588 for eb group 17, this means that Lynch could have made a total of $ 302 588 in the field for about a month of work. “
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Marshawn Lynch retirement schedule
January 17, 2016 – Lynch plays the final game of the first stint with the Seahawks, a loss to the Panthers in the playoff round.
February 7, 2016 – Lynch announces his retirement from the NFL by simply posting a photo on Twitter.
March 9, 2016 – Lynch is still on the Seahawks list, rather than on the retirement list, when the NFL New Year arrives.
May 5, 2016 – The Seahawks make Lynch’s retirement by placing him in the retirement list.
June 6, 2016 – Lynch confirms he is in the NFL, giving a rare interview in 60 minutes.
March 17, 2017 – Raiders, who need help back, “think hard” by bringing Lynch out of retirement and into their roster.
March 21, 2017 – Lynch retweets a post in which a Twitter user observes a music playlist gathered by running back has a track called “Oakland Raiders”, fuel speculation that Lynch is willing to sign with the band.
April 5, 2017 – NFL Media reports Lynch told Raiders he plans to get out of retirement.
April 13, 2017 – NFL Media reports that the Seahawks, who still retain rights to Lynch, are expected to sign an agreement to negotiate a return to Oakland upon his reinstatement.
April 14, 2017 – The Lynch and Raiders agree to terms on a deal that would put him in the NFL and with the Raiders, as long as a deal with the Seahawks can be finalized. Both sides need to “cross these points and put them in them.”
April 26, 2017 – Lynch’s representatives and the Raiders agree to a two-year contract and the Seahawks to nail down a trade that sends him to Auckland. The Raiders announce that they will also get Seattle’s six-round draft pick 2018 by sending their fifth round of 2018 to the Seahawks.
March 17, 2018 – NFL Media Lynch reports will remain a Raiders member in 2018 as their feature back.
April 24, 2019 – ESPN Lynch reports “no plans to play football again.” Not officially a retiree this time, Lynch becomes a freelance agent.
December 23, 2019 – With the Seahawks having been injured by running backs, they are signing Lynch to a contract to play their final game of the regular 2019 season and the playoffs.