Seattle Seahawks have a tough decision to make for next season at the running back position, whether or not to stay with Marshawn Lynch as their leading back, or relieve the duties to Thomas Rawls or another running back.
Back in March, Beast Mode signed a two-year, $24 million extension deal with the Seahawks, but 2015 hasn't been the best of years for the 29-year-old. Injuries and poor performances have set him back.
While he was absent, Rawls managed to pick up the workload from the backfield and helped the Seattle-based franchise clinch a playoff berth. So the question is, are Lynch's services still required for the Seahawks?
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The answer to that is simply yes and the reason being he is probably the most reliable option available to the team.
While if he was moved on from the squad and would create a cap space of $9 million to spend elsewhere, to give away a man of his talents for someone like Rawls might be the wrong decision. We don't know for sure if the rookie is the real deal, which means relying on him is too much of a risk.
It would actually be beneficial for the Seahawks to keep both Lynch and Rawls on their roster for next season, as the rookie can learn from the 29-year-old and possibly develop into one of the best backs in the league and the real deal.
Beast Mode is still one of the best in the league, it's only a year out since he put up a rushing yards total over the season of over 1,300 from less than 300 carries, and his highest ever rushing touchdowns record over a year of 13. To part ways from that after a year wouldn't be the right thing for the Seahawks to do.
If they do decide to trade or cut Lynch, it's almost guaranteed he will be snapped up by another team almost immediately. You could definitely see the New England Patriots making a bid for him to put him on their roster. The decision could end up coming back to haunt the Seahawks, so they should keep hold of him at least for another year, maybe even until his contract runs out.