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Are the Seahawks considering a special, part-time deal for Marshawn Lynch in 2020?

Could the Seahawks give Marshawn Lynch a special, part-time contract to get him back next year?

That’s a scenario Pete Carroll says he’d consider offering Lynch to extend the Seahawks redux he started for the final three games of this season. The last one was Lynch’s two-touchdown night Sunday in Seattle’s divisional-playoff loss at Green Bay.

Do you think Lynch wants to sign back for all of 2020? Mandatory offseason workouts, the monotony of training camp and the preseason plus what’s perceived to be the less-important games of September, October and maybe even November?

Carroll was asked Monday if he and the Seahawks would consider an arrangement with Lynch of a partial-season contract.

“We’re open to whatever,” said the coach who always seeks cutting edges, and who has given Lynch preferred treatment before.

“We’ll look at everything.”

Lynch had four touchdowns in three games in his second Seattle go-round from Dec. 23 through Sunday night. He was surprisingly fit and football-ready after spending the previous 14 months on his couch at home in the Bay Area, and at least Dec. 15 serving tequila shots to fans in the parking lot at his hometown Raiders final game in Oakland.

In fact, he is the only guy in the universe the Seahawks would be willing to flex for like that.

Carroll laughed at that.

And he agreed.

“I think that’s a good way to phrase that,” he said, continuing to chuckle.

“That’s awesome.”

So was Lynch, for the Seahawks’ psyche, locker room and playoff push.

Following Seattle’s 28-23 loss to the Packers, Lynch walked downstairs from the Seahawks’ locker room to the Packers’ locker room. There he swapped game jerseys with Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Lynch’s college teammate at Cal.

Then Lynch came into a press-conference room at the bottom of Lambeau Field late Sunday night.

After helping his old team this season that lost lead rushers Chris Carson, Rashaad Penny and C.J. Prosise to season-ending injuries last month, will he return to the Seahawks in 2020?

“I’m pretty sure we’ll see what’s hangin’,” Lynch said.

Monday, Carroll said: “He’s going to go home and think about it.

“We were all very fortunate to have a chance to see Marshawn come back and play again. To score four touchdowns in the last three weeks it was pretty cool. Just being Marshawn down inside the 5-yard line, he was nails.

“I don’t know, I don’t know what he’s going to do. I don’t think he knows yet.”

Rookie sixth-round draft choice Travis Homer finished the regular season as Seattle’s Plan C lead running back. Lynch was the lead back at Green Bay Sunday, though after falling behind 21-3 in the second quarter Russell Wilson and the Seahawks primarily threw the ball to rally within five points of the Packers in the fourth quarter.

The Seahawks have Carson, who’s rushed for more than 2,300 yards the last two seasons, coming off a cracked hip. He is still on crutches but does not need surgery.

“I’m thankful that I didn’t have to get surgery. That’s the biggest thing for me, mentally,” Carson said at locker clean-out day at Seahawks headquarters Monday.

“I’m good, 100 percent—as far as I can be,” he said with a smile. “I’m fine.

“I’ve got to go meet with the docs and everything like that, but it should be soon (that I’m back running).”

Is it realistic Carson could be ready for the start of Seahawks training camp in late July?

“You never know,” he said, “but that’s the goal.”

Carroll said the Seahawks are bullish on Carson’s return for 2020.

“We’re optimistic, more so about Chris because Chris doesn’t have to do any rehab right now. He’s not having surgery and all that,” Carroll said. “He’s just got to get through it and stay off it for a while.

“He’s a fantastic workout warrior. He’ll come roaring back.”

Rashaad Penny, Seattle’s number-two back and first-round draft choice in 2018, has a longer road back. He’s recovering from reconstructive knee surgery. He got hurt running in the open field during Seattle’s loss at the Los Angeles Rams last month.

“I think Rashaad is challenged more because he’s got the full rehab that he’s got to go through,” Carroll said. “He’s doing great. He’s ahead of schedule already. They’re really excited about the progress that he’s making.

“That’s a much longer prognosis there. He’s got six or seven months ahead of him that are going to be really challenging. We’ll have to wait and see. He’s really determined, his attitude is great about it. He’s planning on making it back and getting ready to play.

“So, we’ll see how that goes. We’ll be on the mend but it’s still a pretty good position right for us. Homer really helped us out with the playing time he got. A classic example: what does a guy have to do when he doesn’t need to play? Homer did. He showed us what he could do.

“I think it should be a strong group. We are really counting on Chris to come roaring back.”

Gregg Bell is the Seahawks and NFL writer for The News Tribune. In January 2019 he was named the Washington state sportswriter of the year by the National Sports Media Association. He started covering the NFL in 2002 as the Oakland Raiders beat writer for The Sacramento Bee. The Ohio native began covering the Seahawks in their first Super Bowl season of 2005. In a prior life he graduated from West Point and served as a tactical intelligence officer in the U.S. Army, so he may ask you to drop and give him 10.
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