Running back Marshawn Lynch has re-signed with the Seattle Seahawks, according to a tweet from his agent Doug Hendrickson.
Hendrickson tweeted a picture of the Seahawks contract with Lynch Monday night to confirm his client will be returning to the team.
The five-time Pro Bowler could immediately step in and have a large role for the Seahawks in Week 17 when the team faces off against division rival, the San Francisco 49ers Sunday night. The winner of the game wins the NFC West division.
The Seahawks offense took a huge loss when their running back Chris Carson sustained a season-ending fractured hip against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 16. Meanwhile, backup running back Rashaad Penny was placed on season-ending injured reserve. C.J. Prosise was also ruled out of Sunday’s game with an arm injury, leaving Travis Homer as the top running back on the depth chart.
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll confirmed the possible reunion on his radio show on ESPN 710 Seattle Monday. “He’ll be flying in here this morning and we’re going to give him a really good chance to come back and play for us,” Carroll said. “I’m fired up for it. He’s got to get through hoops he has to jump through here, physical and stuff like that, but he’s been working really hard.”
After a brief retirement following the 2015 NFL season, Lynch signed with the Oakland Raiders and played for two seasons. However, he was placed on injured reserve in October of last year and retired after the season ended.
Nicknamed “Beast Mode,” Lynch is a physical running back and was a critical part of the Seahawks’ offense during the six seasons he played with the team. In 82 career games with the Seahawks, Lynch amassed 6,347 rushing yards while rushing for 57 touchdowns.
Lynch also has one of the greatest touchdown runs in NFL history, a play which is known as the “Beast Quake.” During the 2010 NFL Wild Card game against the New Orleans Saints, Lynch broke nine tackles during a 67-yard touchdown run. The ensuing celebration by Seahawks fans registered on a nearby seismograph.
Lynch is already receiving a warm welcome for his return to the Emerald City.
Actor Chris Pratt, a Washington state native, reacted to the news of Lynch’s return in tweet saying “Welcome back to Seattle.”
Former NFL player Warren Moon also tweeted about the Seahawks bringing Beast Mode back in.
CNN’s Hollie Silverman contributed to this report.