Seahawks Open to Discussing Marshawn Lynch Contract for 2020, Says GM Schneider

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMay 6, 2020

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch plays during an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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Veteran running back Marshawn Lynch told ESPN's Scott Van Pelt during Monday's SportsCenter that his agent had been in talks with the Seattle Seahawks regarding another potential stint with the team in 2020 (h/t Brady Henderson of ESPN).  

Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider responded publicly on Wednesday, saying the team "would discuss it" during an appearance on 105.7 The Fan's Inside Access:

Bob Condotta @bcondotta

Asked about Marshawn Lynch, Schneider says "he knows we wouldn't say no to anything. That we would discuss it.'' But sounds like nothing imminent there. https://t.co/xC4tyDnQ4J https://t.co/f7PiSW34II

Lynch told Van Pelt that he was fine if a return to Seattle didn't work out:

"Well, it's almost on that 'expect the unexpected.' But just as far as right now, what I do know is, Imma keep it solid. My agent [Doug Hendrickson] has been in talks with Seattle, so like I said, we'll see what happens. If it works out and I get back up there, it is what it is. And if not, sh-t, I'm lookin' good. So I ain't really trippin' too much."

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

From NFL Now: Marshawn Lynch told @notthefakeSVP that his agent has had talks with the #Seahawks about a potential return. They have been interested in adding to the RB room... https://t.co/d132IJcJjV

Lynch, 34, opened his career with the Buffalo Bills in 2007 before being traded to the Seahawks in 2010, where he remained until the 2015 season, winning a title with the team. He retired and spent the 2016 season away from football before returning with the Oakland Raiders, where he spent two seasons.

After retiring again, he returned to the Seahawks late in the 2019 season following a rash of injuries for the team at the running back position, appearing in one regular season game and two postseason contests. He rushed 30 times for 67 yards and four touchdowns in that short stint. 

Lynch has had an excellent career, rushing for 10,413 yards and 85 touchdowns. The five-time Pro Bowler and 2012 first-team All-Pro will make an interesting case for Hall of Fame voters at some point. For now, however, the question is whether he'll continue to play with Seattle.