Marshawn Lynch has said it over and over this offseason: The running back is retired from the NFL, for good.
And yet, during the spring and summer, a steady trickle of suggestions to the contrary continued to make its way through cracks and out into the world.
In February, several Seattle Seahawks doubted Beast Mode is really done for good.
In May, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman left the door open for a Lynch return.
Days after that, it was reported that Lynch told multiple teammates he was considering coming out of retirement.
Which prompted the Skittles-scarfing Pro Bowler to quash any notions of a return to 60 Minutes Sports.
And yet, this week a source told Pro Football Talk that Lynch is "up in the air" about a possible return to the league, noting that if he were to come back, a Week 4 or Week 5 season debut would be in play.
The Seahawks placed Lynch on the reserve-retired list after his decision to hang up the cleats this offseason, so they'd hold his rights if he were to unretire, at which point the team would have to decide whether to keep him around, trade him, or cut him.
If Lynch returns before the trade deadline, which comes between Weeks 8 and 9, and the Seahawks release him, he'd become a free agent. If he comes back after the deadline and the team cuts him, he'd be placed on the waiver wire.