On January 17, 2016, Marshawn Lynch made his return from hernia surgery, an injury which had kept him out of the Seahawks’ lineup since the previous November. Lynch’s stat line that day, a brutal loss to the Panthers, was a meager 20 yards on six carries. It would be the last time Seattle’s legendary running back/cultural icon would play for the team.
Or so we thought.
After losing both Chris Carson and C.J. Prosise for the season on Sunday—two weeks after Rashaad Penny was also lost for the year—the door evidently opened for a return, one which both sides were open to. It became a real possibility on Monday morning, when it was reported Lynch was traveling to visit the Seahawks.
Now, it is really real.
Marshawn Lynch has signed with the Seattle Seahawks, per Schefter. Lynch will return to Seattle nearly four years after he last appeared in a Seahawks jersey, which was followed by a brief retirement.
Beastmode officially is back in Seattle. Marshawn Lynch and the Seahawks have an agreement, and Seattle has a new RB to line up against SF during Sunday night’s NFC-West-deciding showdown.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 24, 2019
Lynch came out of a one-year retirement in 2017 to play for his hometown Raiders, after it was announced they would be leaving Oakland. In two seasons with the Raiders, Lynch rushed for 1267 yards and 10 touchdowns, and delivered a perfectly Marshawn moment during a 45-20 Oakland victory in 2017:
Lynch’s time with the Raiders abruptly ended in 2018, when he suffered a groin injury—cruelly, against Seattle—that saw him placed on injured reserve. Lynch’s contract with Oakland expired after last season, and though he was presumed to have retired once again, the enigmatic tailback never filed his papers—which is why he is able to sign with the Seahawks so late in the season. Which he has now done.
Seattle’s suffered a brutal string of injuries recently, but it has enabled them to re-sign a true team legend for a final run of games. Despite the chaos happening beyond the signing, Marshawn Lynch has returned to the Seahawks, and that is a cause for celebration.