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Seattle Seahawks not ruling out Marshawn Lynch’s return in 2020

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Marshawn Lynch came out of retirement to rejoin the Seattle Seahawks in the lead-up to Week 17 and ended up serving as the Seahawks’ primary running back with both Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny sidelined.

But could Lynch actually return to the Seahawks in 2020?

Seattle isn’t ruling it out.

Head coach Pete Carroll is in wait-and-see mode:

“We’ll see,” Carroll said, according to Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune. “Never say never. … I’m not going to rush him back this offseason, that’s for sure. That’s never been one of his strengths.”

In the one regular-season game Lynch played in 2019, he carried the ball 12 times for 34 yards and a touchdown. He then totaled 33 yards and three scores off of 18 attempts in a couple of playoff contests.

While Lynch was far from the Beast Mode halfback we saw during his prime years, Carroll said he was very impressed with Lynch and that he “thought he did an extraordinary job.”

So, could Lynch, who turns 34 years old in April, actually serve in a legitimate role over the course of a full 16-game campaign?

It remains to be seen, but with Penny potentially out for the early stages of 2020 due to his torn ACL, Lynch could potentially represent a backup option for Carson, who is expected to be ready for training camp after recovering from a hip injury.

Lynch originally played for the Seahawks between 2010 and 2015, making four straight Pro Bowl appearances between 2011 and 2014 while also earning a First-Team All-Pro selection.

The Bay Area native began his NFL career with the Buffalo Bills in 2007 and also spent a couple of years with his hometown Oakland Raiders in 2017 and 2018.