Pete Carroll admits uncertainty about Marshawn Lynch returning in 2016

By Alex Butler  |  Jan. 18, 2016 at 7:40 PM
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SEATTLE, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- A man responsible handling nearly 1,500 carries, 65 rushing touchdowns, and 6,347 yards in the last six years in Seattle could be moving on.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll did not act overly confident in his teams ability to retain five-time Pro Bowl running back Marshawn Lynch next season after his team's NFC playoff loss to Carolina.

Carroll told 710 ESPN's Liz Mathews, when asked about the running back's return that he didn't "know how that's going to go."

Lynch led the league in total rushing and receiving touchdowns in 2014 with 17 and led the league with 12 rushing scores in 2013. This season, the 29-year-old started just six games, while dealing with a nagging abdomen injury.

Lynch signed a three-year, $31 million deal with the team in March. That deal contains $12 million guaranteed and a $7.5 million signing bonus. In 2015, Lynch is owed $4.5 million and $9 million next season. Lynch is set to make $7 million, with $3 million in roster bonuses, in 2017. He becomes a free agent in 2018.

This season, Lynch had the worst season of his career, rushing for a measly 3.8 yards per carry. Lynch, who turns 30 in April, would count as $11.5 million against the Seahawks' salary cap. The team would save $6.5 million if they cut Lynch, according to Rotoworld.

Lynch sits as the No. 4 all-time rusher in Seattle with 6,347 yards. He would need just 358 yards to surpass Chris Warren as the teams No. 2 rusher all-time, behind Shaun Alexander's 9,429 yards. Lynch has played in 41 fewer games than Warren and 37 fewer than Alexander.

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