Lynch was in Seattle on Monday to meet with head coach Pete Carroll and take his physical, and will now return to the team that he spent six seasons with from 2010 to 2015. Within that span, the Seahawks reached the Super Bowl twice, winning one of them, as Lynch went on to make the Pro Bowl five times.
The veteran had been in retirement for one year after spending two seasons with his hometown team, the Oakland Raiders, from 2017 to 2018. According to an interview on YouTube, Lynch admits that a conversation to rejoin Seattle took place "a few days ago." At the time, it was to back up Carson when Rashaad Penny and C.J. Prosise went down with season-ending injuries, but now, he will be the lead back behind quarterback Russell Wilson.
The 33-year-old only played in six games for the Raiders last season, running for 376 yards and three touchdowns. Before that, he exceeded 1,200 yards in four consecutive seasons from 2011 to 2014 with the Seahawks, and led the NFL in rushing touchdowns in 2013 and 2014.
Seattle also signed another running back in Robert Turbin, who was a fourth-round pick by the Seahawks in 2012. The 30-year-old ran for 948 yards in 48 games with Seattle, where he was Lynch's backup. His career-high of 310 yards came in 2014 with them, but he also spent three seasons with the Indianapolis Colts from 2016 to 2018. He has not played since Week 6 of the 2018 season, but will return as Lynch's backup this Sunday night, and in to the postseason.