Seattle Seahawks Rumors: What Does Marshawn Lynch Retirement Mean For Team? Thomas Rawls Likely Starter?

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Feb 09, 2016 04:05 PM EST
Running back Thomas Rawls #34 (top) of the Seattle Seahawks
Running back Thomas Rawls #34 (top) of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates with tackle Terry Poole #69 after scoring a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders at CenturyLink Field on September 3, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Raiders 31-21."

Now that the Seattle Seahawks are saying goodbye to Beast Mode for real, it begins to dawn just how important Lynch was to this team's identity.

The long highlight runs, the tough, gritty style, the will to win are all things Lynch brought to the table. Now the team will need to find a new leader (which will likely be Russell Wilson) to lead this team through a brand new NFL season.  Fred Jackson and Bryce Brown are likely to hit free agency and Thomas Rawls is the only back who will be on the roster come the 2016 season.

The Seahawks have to pick up at least running back between free agency and the draft. The Seahawks will likely need to focus on the offensive line for the early part of this draft however I could see them taking a late round (3-5) running back. In free agency there are a ton of backs to choose from but really Chris Ivory, Matt Forte, James Starks, LeGarrette Blount, or Alfred Morris would fit them the best overall.

These should be the most affordable, hard-nosed runners you can find in free agency this season. The Seahawks would likely love to get their hands on Derrick Henry however he will most likely be taken before they pick again. The Seahawks need to find a new workhorse back to lead this offense. 



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