Seahawks HC Pete Carroll told reporters on Monday that they are not looking to trade RB Marshawn Lynch, despite rumors that he could be available.
“I have nothing to say about that because there is nothing to that,” Carroll said, via Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times.
“At this point I don’t think it behooves us to try to respond to all of these things,” Carroll said. “Our players have told you how they feel, our coaches have told you how we feel about it and we are in a really good place right now. … there is nothing to that report. I don’t know where that came from.”
Reports from over the weekend mentioned that there is a good chance that the Seahawks will part ways with Lynch next year, but there hasn’t been any substantial report indicating that he could be had via a trade.
Lynch, 28, has one year remaining on his four-year, $31 million contract that included $17 million guaranteed. He’ll make a base salary of $5 million next year to go along with his $8.5 million cap figure.
The Seahawks could free up $4.5 million in cap space next year by parting ways with Lynch, according to OverTheCap.com.
Seattle used a second-round pick on Christine Michael, but he has been active for only one game this season. Michael is a talented player, but there is no question that Lynch is by far their best running back right now.
This season, Lynch has ran for 482 yards on 111 carries (4.3 YPC) and scored six total touchdowns. He has also contributed 17 receptions for 147 yards receiving as well.