Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll has admitted he is uncertain about Marshawn Lynch's future with the franchise.
'Beast Mode' returned to action in the Seahawks' 31-24 play-off loss to the Carolina Panthers after missing more than half the season following surgery to repair a core-muscle injury.
Lynch turns 30 in April and would be heading into the 2016 and 2017 seasons with the Seahawks without a guaranteed salary. Pro Football Talk also report he would count $11.5million against the cap in 2016 while back-up running back Thomas Rawls – close to returning from a broken angle and torn ligament damage – will only cost $530,000.
"We’ll figure it out," Carroll said when quizzed about Lynch's future.
"It depends on how he comes back and how he works at it and all that kind of stuff. He had a difficult year physically. He’s never had to recover from an injury like that.
"He’s never had to deal with that kind of process. And he made it back to his credit. He worked hard to get back and made it back to play. It just was a terrible opportunity for him to have a chance to have an impact on the game (Sunday)."
Meanwhile, linebacker Bruce Irvin has said he would be open to the idea of taking a lower salary if it meant staying with the Seahawks.
"Pete and John asked me that when I met with them (Monday)," Irvin revealed.
"If it came to that, I would definitely come back. Three, four, five million? I would definitely come back. I’m established here. These are definitely my brothers."