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Pete Carroll Would be Thrilled to Have Marshawn Lynch in 2015

There has been a lot of speculation that the Seattle Seahawks might part ways with running back Marshawn Lynch after the 2014 season ends.

While that may very well still be the case, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll sounds a bit more optimistic about the possibility of Lynch returning ot the Seahawks next season. 

He’s under contract next year, we’d love to have him back. There’s no hesitation in us saying that and there never has been. We’d be thrilled to have him playing for us next year. We’ll do everything to get that done.

To prepare for the eventual absence of Lynch, who will be paid $5 million with a potential $2.5 million in a bonus next year, the Seahawks drafted Robert Turbin in the 2013 NFL draft and doubled down on that position this past May with Christine Michael. At this time, however, neither Turbin or Christine have been given much opportunity to shine with Lynch handily dominating the teams’ ground attack.

Perhaps Carroll’s comments stem from the fact that Lynch has had a spectacular uptick in his run game over the last few of weeks, to the tune of 431 total yards and six touchdowns in three games.

Carroll continued to praise Lynch…

Marshawn’s playing the best he’s played since he’s been here. His feet are on fire. He’s tough as hell. He’s doing everything. He’s catching the ball. He’s our guy. And he has been all this time.

Considering that Lynch has thrived in an offense that simply can’t get it done in the passing game, it appears the Seahawks are going to need him moving forward. As always, it’s all about the finances here. And there remains a strong likelihood that Lynch will not be suiting up in Seattle next year.

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