Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch addressed his pending free agency while talking to reporters during his team’s locker room clean out this morning.
“Everything’s going to fall into place,” Lynch said about becoming an unrestricted free agent in March. “There’s not too much I can do about it but just wait.”
And would he like to be back in Seattle?
“I mean I would like to come back, but if it don’t happen, it don’t happen,” Lynch said.
Asked about his feelings on hitting the open market in free agency, Lynch had this to say: “Hopefully I don’t have to. Hopefully I can get taken care of where I’m at. But I mean, if that’s the case, that would be the next step.”
Lynch said that one of the things he can take comfort in if he were to stay in Seattle is the way the team ran the ball in the second half of the season.
“It’s very encouraging,” he said. “Just to know that if we call a run play, we know we can run it and get success out of it. You got to be real pleased with that, being a running back, knowing that they’re going to get the job done. And they’re young and are going to get better.”
Fullback Michael Robinson, who also will be an unrestricted free agent, said one of the reasons the Seahawks were successful this year is players took ownership of the team.
“This team took a turn this year from last year,” Robinson said. “It went from the coaches pretty much directing us to this year we kind of took ownership of the team, and it became our team. And that’s what you like to see at this level. Nothing else can motivate you more than your peers.”
On whether he will return to Seattle, like Lynch, Robinson said you’ll just have to wait and see.
“Obviously, I love it here,” Robinson said. “I like the philosophy with Pete has going on here. I love the guys in this locker room most importantly. Like I expressed to them upstairs, I love this team. And how teams get good in this league is by keeping guys together for a period of time. So we’ll see. But I would love to be back.”
While Lynch and Robinson are two the mainstays on offense, linebacker David Hawthorne is the center of the defense. Hawthorne has led the team in tackles the last three seasons, and likes the progress he’s seeing on the defensive side of the ball
“We’re still building,” Hawthorne said. “There’s a couple areas where we could’ve got better. And I feel like there’s a lot of areas where we did get better. So we’re going to come back and see if we can keep it rolling.”
Hawthorne said he believes that he’s improved every season, and that this was his best season as a Seahawks, playing with a sprained MCL in left knee for most of the season.
“I’m older and wiser, and I’ve got a little bit of experience under my belt,” Hawthorne said. “I’m not seeing things for the first time anymore.”
Hawthorne is one of 19 unrestricted free agents for Seattle that will hit the market in March. But Hawthorne said he’d like to remain in Seattle.
“I’d love to,” he said. “And me and my agent are doing everything we can to get back.”