Beast mode is back in the Emerald City! Marshawn Lynch signed with the Seattle Seahawks late Monday night to rejoin his old team after spending most of the season out of football.
The signing stems from a tough weekend for the Seahawks as they lost to the Arizona Cardinals at home 27-13 and lost two of their running backs Chris Carson and C.J. Prosise to injuries for the rest of the season. Just two weeks ago, Rashaad Penny suffered a season-ending injury of his own when he went down. That only left Travis Homer to carry the load in the backfield.
Head coach Pete Carroll and company decided quickly they needed more depth at the position which led to the signing of Lynch and another former Seahawk running back Robert Turbin. Turbin was drafted by the Seahawks in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft and would play his first three seasons on the team running for 928 yards during that span. He, of course, was playing backup to one of the most dominate, downhill runners in NFL history.
Lynch has recorded 10,379 yards and 84 touchdowns in his 11 year career. After he was traded from the Buffalo Bills to Seattle in the 2010 season after four seasons, he helped the team make the playoffs and make one of the most memorable runs in history when he ran for a long touchdown late in the fourth quarter of the New Orleans Saints NFC Wildcard game. He was apart of their Super Bowl winning team during the 2013 season when the Seahawks blew out the Broncos in the title game.
The Seahawks have been hit hard with injuries at the running back position as well as worrying about Jadeveon Clowney getting healthy for the playoffs after sitting out of the Cardinals game Sunday due to injury. Not to mention tackle Duane Brown got knee surgery on Monday and cornerback Shaquill Griffin is trying to come back from his hamstring injury after missing the last two games.
Lynch should provide a spark for this offense as he’ll be able to jump in there knowing the system and help pick up from where Carson was doing with power running. The only concern is he did miss significant time last season after being placed on IR for a groin injury that cost him ten games. The Seahawks need to hope to find a way to get a bye week in the first round of the playoffs as the team needs time to heal up. Hopefully this time if they are in a goal line situation at the end of the game, Carroll will decide to run the ball with Lynch instead of passing it.