Seattle Seahawks, Marshawn Lynch Agree to a New Contract
Marshawn Lynch will stay in Seattle.
ESPN.com,'s Adam Schefter is citing an anonymous source reporting that Lynch and the Seattle Seahawks have agreed on a new deal. Lynch was set to make $7 million in the 2015 season. He was reportedly contemplating retirement.
Ian Rapoport with NFL.com added that the deal is worth $24 million. The running back will make $12 million this year. USA TODAY Sports reported that Lynch can make $9 million in 2016 and $10 million in 2017 if he plays in those season. For each of the two seasons, he can earn an additional $3 million from per-game roster bonuses.
The contract was reportedly settled after a long meeting with Lynch's agent, Doug Hendrickson and Seahawks owner Paul Allen, general manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll. The deal was reportedly on the table for weeks.
Lynch, whose nickname is "Beast Mode," played in all 16 regular-season games in 2014. He ranked first in the league in touchdowns with 13, fourth in yards with 1,306 and fifth in rushing yard percentage with 81.6. Lynch has been an integral part of the Seahawks offense.
Gary Davenport with Bleacher Report wrote: "To say that Lynch has been a key part of Seattle's climb to the top of the NFC would be an understatement. In each of the past four seasons, Lynch has carried the ball at least 280 times for at least 1,200 yards and double-digit touchdowns. There also hasn't been any real drop-off in Lynch's game. In fact, Lynch's 4.7 yards a carry and 37 catches a year ago were his second-highest totals in those categories of his eight-year career. His 17 total touchdowns in 2014 was a career high."
It has been quite a month for running backs. The Philadelphia Eagles just traded away LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills. DeMarco Murray of the Dallas Cowboys will be headed into free agency while recently released Chris Johnson, Reggie Bush and Steven Jackson will hit the market as well.