When it came time to figuratively hang up his cleats, former Seattle Seahawks star Marshawn Lynch made the announcement by literally hanging his cleats from a wire, snapping a photo, and posting it to Twitter.
That was over a year ago. Yet leading up to the 2016 season, NFL sources and former teammates alike speculated that Beast Mode's NFL career hadn't truly come to a close. Though the running back didn't play last year, the same speculation picked up against this offseason, as it's been reported that Lynch and his hometown Oakland Raiders share interest in one another. Even Pete Carroll, Lynch's coach during his Seattle days, indicated that the five-time Pro Bowler was considering a return to football.
"He came through the office and had a good visit," Carroll said of a mid-March meeting between the two. "I know that he is somewhat entertaining the thought of it. I can't tell you how strong it is. You've got to talk to him."
Now, 14 months after cryptically announcing his retirement with that picture of his cleats, Lynch may have announced his return to the game with an equally puzzling social media post.
I'm Thankfull!!!! Yes Lawd!!!!
— Shawn Lynch (@MoneyLynch) April 14, 2017
While this isn't exactly confirmation that Lynch is coming back, Raiders fans sure didn't hesitate to take it that way.
— Moreno (@Moreno) April 14, 2017
— GipsySafety (@GipsySafety) April 14, 2017
— sean (@seanmurphy) April 14, 2017
— jon (@jonjones1738) April 14, 2017
— Kirby Fuckett (@LARRY_OG_14) April 14, 2017
— D (@RaiderMaverick) April 14, 2017
— Bryant Bombardier (@bbombardier1) April 14, 2017
— XXX-IngLo (@D1o__) April 14, 2017
— (@Sickboy_420) April 14, 2017
— Ryan (@ryan_dunnahoo) April 14, 2017
According to ESPN, Lynch and the Raiders are negotiating a short, incentive-laden contract and the back is seeking reinstatement to the NFL. As the Seahawks still hold his rights, the two teams would need to work out a trade or Seattle would have to release Lynch for him to play in Oakland next season.
For now, it looks like Beast Mode will be back, this time in black.