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November 20, 2014 at 8:27 PM

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll tells USA Today that Seahawks “would love” to have Marshawn Lynch back in 2015

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, during a one-on-one interview with USA Today following practice Thursday,  said the team “would love” to have running back Marshawn Lynch back in 2015.

Here’s the story, in which Carroll says that the talk of Lynch not returning in 2015 is not coming from the Seahawks.

“Somebody just started talking about that — he’s under contract next year, we’d love to have him back,” Carroll is quoted as saying. “There’s no hesitation in us saying that and there never has been.

“Somebody else said that.

“That’s never come from here. No one thinks that at all.”

As the story notes, Lynch in 2015 will be in the final year of a four-year deal worth as much as $31 million. It would pay him as much as $7 million in 2015, including bonuses.

But while Lynch is under contract, speculation has persisted since the end of last season that the team could consider releasing Lynch prior to 2015, similar to moves made last year with the likes of Red Bryant, Chris Clemons and Sidney Rice (and for what it’s worth, recall that Carroll said there was nothing to a report of Rice being released a few days before Rice was released, meaning words said at this stage of the game probably need to be taken with a grain of salt).

Lynch’s training camp holdout, in fact, was predicated in part on the idea that he might not be back in 2015, which was why he wanted to get a little more upfront money (eventually getting $1.5 million additional guaranteed for this season in money that was bonuses or money due in 2015).

It probably would’t be expected that a coach would say that a player currently on the roster would not be back in 2015, especially given the sensitivity of this particular issue.

Still, the timing of the comments, to a national reporter, are interesting given an NFL.com story of last Sunday that further hinted of a disconnect between Carroll and Lynch due to Lynch’s uncertainty over his future.

“That’s not coming from here,” Carroll as quoted again as saying about talk that Lynch might not be around in 2015. “That hasn’t come from here at all,” Carroll said. “It’s been coming from somewhere else. We would love to have him come back.”

Carroll also said in the same interview that the NFL told him on Thursday that pass interference should have been called on two plays against Kansas City, including the fourth-and-two pass to Doug Baldwin (Carroll had said earlier in the week, when asked by local media, that he had yet to hear from the NFL. He is not available to local media on Thursdays).

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