Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll has this week admitted that he desperately wants star running back Marshawn Lynch to stay with the NFC West team beyond the end of the current NFL season.
Marshawn Lynch’s future has been the subject of intense speculation for months now. The previous understanding was that the Seahawks wanted to avoid paying him the huge sums of money due in the next year of his contract, but speaking this week, Carroll showed the first signs that Seattle are hell bent on keeping Beast Mode on board.
"He's under contract next year, we'd love to have him back," Carroll told USA TODAY, NFL.com reported. "There's no hesitation in us saying that and there never has been."
Impressive season to date
Lynch has had an outstanding season to date. Even though he was somewhat disappointing in the Super Bowl in February, in a game which pointed to Seattle’s ability to play big without their supposed star player, this year has been a different story.
After losing some key players on either side of the ball, Lynch’s importance in the Seahawks’ offense has never been so clear. Prior to Sunday football, Lynch’s last two performances had arguably been the best of his career.
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Seattle offense needs Lynch
Seattle drafted Robert Turbin and Christine Michael in a bid to more forward without Lynch in the near future, with Lynch due to earn $5 million next year with an added $2.5 million roster bonus.
But every time the Seahawks attempt to make their offense less Lynch-dependent things go badly wrong and they always end up coming back to Beast Mode. Lynch ran for 554 rushing yards as he tied the franchise record for back to back games against the New York Giants and Kansas City Chiefs.
There’s certainly life in Beast Mode yet, and Pete Carroll is still willing to soak up every ounce of that in 2015.