Thomas Rawls’ roll makes Seahawks likely to move on from Marshawn Lynch

AP

Undrafted rookie Thomas Rawls answered the bell when Marshawn Lynch couldn’t, rushing for 209 yards on 30 carries, adding 46 yards receiving, and scoring two touchdowns in a win over the 49ers.

The performance from Rawls, who transferred from Michigan to Central Michigan and was known as “Beast Mode” in college, makes Marshawn expendable, especially at his enormous base salary for 2016.

Lynch is due to earn $9 million near year. Rawls, in contrast, will make $525,000 — and by rule the Seahawks can’t extend the contract until after 2016, at the earliest.

Even if Lynch were an easy guy to get along with who didn’t hold grudges or make goofy allegations on Turkish TV about play-calling at the end of the Super Bowl, the numbers make this one on a no-brainer. Rawls is in, Lynch is out, and the Seahawks will have roughly $8.5 million to spend on other guys who wouldn’t be as easily replaced.

32 responses to “Thomas Rawls’ roll makes Seahawks likely to move on from Marshawn Lynch

  1. Sounds like somebody’s been holding in their insults for Lynch. I wouldn’t call running over the 21st ranked run defense that’s part of a larger team that’s quit something special. But by all means declare an undrafted rookie worthy of taking over now just like Gurley was the next Adrian Peterson.

  2. If so, it’s been a heck of a ride!

    1. Beast Mode
    2. Curt Warner
    3. J.L. Williams
    4. Chris Warren
    5. Shaun Alexander

  3. Whoa, slow down there Turbo – the kid piled up those numbers against the Niners. Ain’t no big thang.

  4. Lynch has been the heart of the team….but $9M a year for a RB is crazy. Rawls is proving he can handle the load.

  5. realfootballfan says:
    Nov 22, 2015 8:30 PM
    Sounds like somebody’s been holding in their insults for Lynch. I wouldn’t call running over the 21st ranked run defense that’s part of a larger team that’s quit something special. But by all means declare an undrafted rookie worthy of taking over now just like Gurley was the next Adrian Peterson.

    Rawls had 169 yards rushing this year against the Bengals. A real football fan would know that stat.

  6. Rawls also put up good numbers on a Bengals team that hasn’t quit, with a better D than the Niners. Not saying it’s a guarantee of anything but tonight’s game isn’t the only time he’s impressed.

  7. Lynch is going to retire after this season. At least that’s what it feels like to the people I talk to here in Washington.

    He’s made his millions, he’s had an awesome career, and he’s ready to retire.

  8. chesswhileyouplaycheckers- Rawls had something like 140 yards in just over three qtrs against the Bengals In Cincy. He’s averaged a solid 5 ypc plus and have relocated fred Jackson to absolutely NO role what so ever outside of some third and longs or screen passes. (freds a pros pro).

    Rawls is indeed the future back I’m surprised he was a three down back bc I thought he fit the mold of a 3rd down back by his skill set.

    The kid went undrafted bc of off the field issues that forced him to transfer. He was expected to be a 5th Rd rb at the latest. The kid isn’t exactly coming out of nowhere just chose Seattle bc nearly half of Seattles roster is UDFA and they even cut and traded their entire backup rbs bc thus UDFA did so well in camp.

    I think beast mode had probably 2-3 very good years in him, if you watch him run and play he looks faster than I can every remember just has had some unfortunate injuries like this abdomin thing and his back spams. You can’t look from afar and think you know how Lynch is bc his numbers are down. Whose wouldn’t playing hurt or not playing at all? He’s simply had a down year with minor injuries when he’s healthy he’s still beast mode and still a top 2-3 back.

    If the seahawks cut beast mode I’d be so damn pissed off bc I guarantee it would bite them in the ass he isn’t your typical runner his style means he takes and gives out a beating but unless he’s breaking bones and ligaments he’s not going anywhere. He doesn’t rely on speed or a scat back. His is vision and lateral cuts which also don’t take too much speed.

  9. Let’s stop packing Lynch’s bags for him and see how the new guy does in the remaining 6 games of this season. The 49ers are not exactly the #1 defense in the league right now.

  10. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says:
    Nov 22, 2015 8:35 PM
    Lynch was probably looking at being a cap casualty regardless. But this is some serious premature over reacting. One game does not a career make, what’s Jonas Gray doing this year?

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    It’s not just one game. If you read the article, you’d know that Rawls has run for 100yds in each of his three starts

  11. lightofkolob says:
    Nov 22, 2015 8:45 PM
    Rawls ran over an untalented, uninspired, poorly coached 9ers D. Let’s hold off on anointing the next Barry Sanders. Lynch is still their best option.

    29 5

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    Rawls ran over Cincinnati for 169 yards. They weren’t exactly “uninspired” Cincinnati came back from a 17pt deficit to beat Seattle.

  12. To the dismissive idiots, finally someone throw up the fact Rawls did 170 yards against the Bengals who were the number 1 scoring defense up until last night in the one of his 3 starts.

    Pete Carroll has been talking up Rawls all pre-season, he has shown this in practice and is the reason Seattle moved on from 2nd round pick and Robert Turbin who was lead back up behind Lynch for 3 years. Rawls looks like heck of a football player. I am excited to see him close the year.

  13. Lynch is not going anywhere else. He’s just biding his time for week 17 and the playoffs. Wait and see. If the Hawks sneak in and he’s healthy, we can go very deep post season. Defense and a running attack travels well in the Winter.

  14. There’s a reason why Lynch played poker (and apparently won) with the front office to have some of his 2016 salary moved to 2015.

  15. “Even if Lynch were an easy guy to get along with who didn’t hold grudges or make goofy allegations on Turkish TV about play-calling at the end of the Super Bowl”

    Please explain how lynch is a difficult person to get along with? Never heard anyone in the seahawks organization even suggest this.

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