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It hasn’t been that long since Marshawn Lynch dominated the football field, and from the sounds of things, he may be ramping up to try to do it again.
“If the situation is right, then it could happen,” Lynch told talk show host Conan O’Brien, via PFT. “I’ve been asked the question by a couple teams here recently. Like, ‘Are you ready?’ I’m ready if y’all are Super Bowl ready. That’s what it would take me to come out and play again. It would have to be a guaranteed Super Bowl game for me.”
Lynch, 34, appeared in just one game with the Seattle Seahawks last season. Seattle is where the four-time Pro Bowl running back made his name, winning a Super Bowl against the Denver Broncos in 2013. If he’s only interested in joining a contender, maybe Seattle could be his home again.
His last productive year was 2017, when he rushed for seven touchdowns as a member of the then-Oakland Raiders. But that was hardly the “Beast Mode” rusher NFL fans had grown accustomed to seeing in his heyday.
So if he were to go somewhere, it would likely be as a situational back in reserve, a guy who could find the moxie to get short yardage in pressure situations. His specialty has always been breaking tackles or simply running right over defenders.
But Lynch made it clear that he wouldn’t come back just to play again. So the New York Jets and other lost football souls hoping for a boost in fan enthusiasm need not apply. The Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers, Buffalo Bills and yes, the Seattle Seahawks, are just some of those in contention who may want to take a stab at the idea, though.