Pete Carroll gave RB Marshawn Lynch a strong endorsement Friday amid speculation that he won’t return to the Seahawks in 2015, the final year of his contract.
A day after telling USA Today that he’d “love” to have RB Marshawn Lynch play out the final year of his contract in 2015, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll gave Lynch another endorsement after Friday’s practice at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center.
“If you guys ever would have asked me, which you didn’t, if you ever would have asked me I would have said we want him around here for as long as he can play,” Carroll said. “And there’s never been any hesitation. There’s never been another thought about that.”
That statement conflicts with an ESPN report that claimed Lynch won’t return to Seattle next season because of a rift with the organization. Lynch, 28, counts $8.5 million against the Seahawks’ salary cap in 2015, the final year of a four-year, $30 million contract he signed in 2012.
“That came totally from somewhere else,” Carroll said Friday. “He’s under contract next year. We’d be thrilled to have him playing for us next year.”
Especially if he maintains his production. Lynch enters Sunday’s critical matchup against the Arizona Cardinals having rushed for 813 yards (4.6 per carry) and nine touchdowns through the first 10 games of the season. He also has 247 receiving yards and three touchdown receptions.
In the past week’s loss to the Chiefs, he ran for 124 yards while battling a back injury that kept him from joining the team in the locker room at halftime, as the team’s medical staff tended to him. Lynch then sat out practice Wednesday and Thursday, not an uncommon occurrence, before returning as a full participant for Friday’s session. He is listed as probable for Sunday.
“He made it through,” Carroll said. “We’re adjusting the days as we need to accommodate and he got through it fine. He looks like he’s ready. He’s either ready or he isn’t, so he’s ready to go.”
WR Ricardo Lockette was fined $10,000 for punching Chiefs DB Kurt Coleman in the helmet after Coleman shoved him, according to Pro Football Talk. Lockette was penalized and ejected from the game.