The Running Back Problem - Beastquake returns to Seattle
The Seattle Seahawks and Marshawn Lynch agreed to a deal on Monday (23 December) following two devastating injuries to the Seahawks backfield.
Lynch, 33, spent six seasons with Seattle between 2010 - 2015, Most recently, the five-time Pro Bowler played for his hometown team, the Oakland Raiders between 2017 - 2018, following a one-year retirement.
Seattle were in desperate need of replacements to their backfield after RBs, Chris Carson and C.J Prosise suffered season-ending injuries in their 27-13 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
Carson was struck by a hip-injury considered to be season-ending by team doctors, while backup Prosise suffered a broken arm just minutes after Carson left the field. The injuries come only two weeks after Seattle’s 2018 first-round draft pick and Carsons’ backup, Rashaad Penny, tore his ACL.
Travis Homer, the team’s 4th string tailback, was left as the only healthy option for the position; prior to Sunday, Homer had only two carries from scrimmage in his time at Seattle.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Lynch’s contract will only cover this season, making him eligible for the Week 17 divisional match up with the San Fransisco 49ers and any playoff games.
The team also signed ex-Seahawk Robert Turbin, who spent his first three seasons with Seattle. Turbin served as primary back-up to Marshawn Lynch and last played in the NFL for the Indianapolis Colts, he was released from the team in November 2018.
"There's a lot of history here that's great history. There was nobody that ever amplified the kind of mentality and toughness that we like to play with, so if we get a chance to get the Beast back on the field, we'll see how that works out." - Pete Carroll