A rumor that seemingly popped up out of nowhere became a reality on Monday night. After passing a physical, running back Marshawn Lynch officially re-signed with the Seattle Seahawks according to his agent who announced the news after 11 pm on the East Coast.
— Doug Hendrickson (@DHendrickson41) December 24, 2019
Lynch last took the field for the Seahawks in 2015 and played just seven games before retiring for the 2016 season. He returned to play the last two seasons with the Raiders and until this past week had shown no indication he was planning to return to football. Now, he is back with the team he won a Super Bowl with, the Seahawks.
Prior to his injury-shortened final season with the Seahawks, Lynched racked up four-straight seasons of at least 1,200 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns. He hit a career-high in yards in 2012 with 1,590 and in 2014, he rushed for a career-best 13 touchdowns. He had 1,267 yards and 10 touchdowns in 21 games with the Raiders over the span of the 2017 and 2018 season.
His return couldn’t have come at a better time for Seattle who has recently said goodbye to newly acquired receiver Josh Gordon (suspension) and, more importantly, suffered a bevvy of injuries at the running back position over the last couple weeks. That includes losing Chris Carson (fractured hip) and C.J. Prosise (broken arm) this past Sunday in a surprising loss to the Arizona Cardinals. This comes on the heels of losing Rashaad Penny just two weeks prior with a torn ACL.
At age 33, it’s unlikely he will regain his 2012 form. However, he offers a unique spark to a team that is not playing their best football just a week out from the start of the playoffs. Lynch can provide a spark this team can rally behind. Just as they did following his earth-moving touchdown run against the Saints in the playoffs.