Beast Mode running back Marshawn Lynch is coming back. The cheerful, media-resistant star signed a two-year contract extension with the Seattle Seahawks, who just failed to repeat as Super Bowl champs. After the Patriots snatched victory from the talons of defeat, Lynch was in the news mostly for what didn’t happen in the game.
With the Super Bowl Seattle’s to win in the final minute, head coach Pete Carroll confounded the football world by not calling Lynch’s number. The Seahawks instead ran a doomed slant that got picked off–game over. Lynch’s extension will pay him as much as $31 million over the next two years. But much to the dismay of Seahawks fans everywhere, there is no clause in it that demands the Seattle coaching staff turn on Beast Mode during critical moments. But just because it’s not written in the contract doesn’t mean it wasn’t discussed.