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Pete Carroll says Marshawn Lynch is ‘somewhat entertaining’ the idea of returning

In this Dec. 4, 2016 file photo, former Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, left, chats with Richard Sherman on the bench in the second half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Seattle. (Ted S. Warren / Associated Press)
In this Dec. 4, 2016 file photo, former Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, left, chats with Richard Sherman on the bench in the second half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Seattle. (Ted S. Warren / Associated Press)

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday at the NFL league meetings that running back Marshawn Lynch “is somewhat entertaining” the idea of coming out of retirement.

But Carroll also said that Lynch did not ask the Seahawks to be taken off the reserve/retired list when he talked to him 10 days ago and said he can’t answer if Lynch will return and what the Seahawks would do if he did ask to come back.

“I know that he is somewhat entertaining the thought of it,” Carroll said during the annual breakfast with NFC coaches. “I can’t tell you how strong it is.”

Carroll later said “there is not much to it,” referring to the rumors of Lynch possibly returning. “We had a chance to visit. He was in really good spirits about 10 days ago.”

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday at the NFL league meetings that running back Marshawn Lynch “is somewhat entertaining” the idea of coming out of retirement.

But Carroll also said that Lynch did not ask the Seahawks to be taken off the reserve/retired list when he talked to him 10 days ago and said he can’t answer if Lynch will return and what the Seahawks would do if he did ask to come back.

“I know that he is somewhat entertaining the thought of it,” Carroll said during the annual breakfast with NFC coaches. “I can’t tell you how strong it is.”

Carroll later said “there is not much to it,” referring to the rumors of Lynch possibly returning. “We had a chance to visit. He was in really good spirits about 10 days ago.”

“I don’t know,” Carroll said. “Depends on how he has approached this offseason. He looked okay (when Carroll saw him 10 days ago). The mentality that it takes to play this game the way he plays the game, he has to really be invested and ready because he goes deep when he plays. And whether or not that is still in him and the burn is still there, I couldn’t tell that from talking to him.”

Lynch will turn 31 next month.


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