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Carroll says Lynch won’t be traded

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On Sunday, a flurry of reports emerged regarding the future of running back Marshawn Lynch in Seattle. Or lack thereof.

On Monday, coach Pete Carroll said that Lynch won’t be traded by Tuesdays’ deadline for making deals.

You’re strong. You can go with that,” Carroll told reporters regarding the notion that Lynch won’t be traded, via KJR radio.

Carroll also disputed the report that he and Lynch don’t communicate, saying that Carroll talks to Lynch “whenever I need to.”

“You’re asking me about my personal relationship with my players now?” Carroll said. “We’re doing great. Everything’s going great. . . .

“He’s doing fine. He’s done such a great job. Since the day he got back here, he looked terrific, he returned in great shape, he’s busted his tail, he’s done everything we’ve asked of him. . . . He’s always ready to play and he’s played his tail off, so he’s doing great.”

Even before Sunday’s reports, Lynch was regarded as a likely cap casualty in 2015. It’s one of the reasons why he held out in July; Lynch knew that the team needs him now and likely won’t need him -- or want him -- by next year.

A trade makes no sense for now because fullback Derrick Coleman has landed on IR, and tailback Robert Turbin (one of the guys who would replace Lynch) has been moved to fullback. Even if Coleman were healthy, there’s no reason to think they’d give up on Lynch.

Then again, 11 days ago there was no reason to think they’d give up on Percy Harvin.