While speculation continues about whether or not running back Marshawn Lynch wants to return to the NFL, Pete Carroll was a little more candid about it in his media session on Wednesday, saying that Lynch is “somewhat entertaining” un-retiring, per Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times.
Carroll says Lynch is "somewhat entertaining'' the thought of returning. But says doesn't know whether he will.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) March 29, 2017
Carroll added that Lynch has not asked the Seahawks to be reinstated from the reserved/retired list.
The idea that Lynch is “entertaining” the idea of returning is more informative than what general manager John Schneider had to say about the situation on Tuesday, when he told reporters:
“I talk to his representatives all the time. They have a ton of players. Marshawn, what I can tell you is he’s on reserve/retired as a Seattle Seahawk right now. And that’s where it stands. It kind of took off like wildfire for one weekend.”
Lynch’s agent Doug Hendrickson also addressed the issue, saying that the running back “does miss football” but that he had not spoken to him about it or had any hints that Lynch does want to return. Just that it would not shock him if he did.
If Marshawn Lynch does ask for his reinstatement, the one universal agreement seems to be that he won’t ever play for the Seahawks again. Not only did Seattle address their need at running back with a high profile signing of Eddie Lacy, but they could not afford to keep him and pay his salary either. It’s believed that he would only come back to play for the Oakland Raiders, though even that rumor was started before the vote on Tuesday that approved the franchise’s move to Las Vegas in two to three years. Would Lynch be less inclined to play for Mark Davis after the owner moved his team away from his hometown, or more inclined since this will be one last treat for the Bay Area Raiders fans?
We will see.