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All the recent buzz of former Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch signing with the Oakland Raiders seemed to die down with the relocation of the Raiders to Las Vegas, which begged the question: Was the Beast Mode talk a shrewd attempt at distracting fans?
Now that the Raiders’ relocation has been resolved, the rumors of the Oakland native returning to the Bay Area have begun to pick up, and Seahawks coach Pete Carroll discussed his former Pro Bowl running with CSN Bay Area’s Scott Bair.
Would Seahawks seek trade or just release Marshawn if he wanted to come back? Pete Carroll: "we'll deal w/that if the time comes."
— Scott Bair (@BairNBCS) March 29, 2017
Carroll also went on to explain that he wasn’t sure Lynch still had the deep passion he needs to play the game.
“It depends on how he has approached this offseason. The mentality of what it takes to play this game the way that he plays it, he really has to be invested and ready. He goes deep when he plays. Whether or not the burn is still inside him, I couldn’t tell that. I know he was kind of playing with the idea.”
Fans should expect Lynch to slow any return while he decides within himself whether or not he possesses the passion necessary to play another season in the NFL.
At that point, even if Lynch does have the passion to play, there is no guarantee Seattle would cut him. According to CSN Bay Area’s Scott Bair, the Raiders would not be willing to part with a draft pick or overpay for Lynch’s services.