BY SPNW Staff 07:42PM 03/04/2012

Seahawks lock up Lynch: 4 yrs, $31 million

One of the Seahawks’ most reliable players, Marshawn Lynch, was signed to a long-term deal Sunday night just before th NFL deadline for applying franchise tags to players.

The Seahawks took care of one of their biggest off-season priorities by signing Marshawn Lynch to a long-term deal. / Drew Sellers, Sportspress Northwest

A major deed on the Seahawks’ off-season to-do list was done Sunday night when leading rusher Marshawn Lynch was signed to a deal that, according to multiple media sources, is potentially worth $31 million over four years, with $17 million guaranteed.

The Seahawks were up against an NFL deadline Monday for placing franchise tags on players. But the tags are for a single year and both sides wanted more contract length. If the Seahawks did not reach a deal at all, he would have been an unrestricted free agent March 13.

“We are excited to keep Marshawn as an important part of what we are building,” general manager John Schneider said in a club release. “This is what we were hoping for when we acquired him from Buffalo.”

Lynch, 25, has been the most productive running back since Shaun Alexander’s 2005 season helped the Seahawks to the Super Bowl. In 2011, Lynch had career highs in rushing yards (1,204) and touchdowns (13) and also scored in a club-record 11 consecutive games. That broke by two Alexander’s mark, also in ’05. Lynch, also had 100-yard totals in six of the final nine games to spark a second-half surge that helped the seasons to a 5-3 record in the second half.

An alternate to the Pro Bowl, Lynch was added to the NFC roster as an injury replacement and rushed for a team-high 43 yards on eight carries.

Lynch ran for 573 yards and six touchdowns in 12 games in 2010 after coming over in the trade with the Bills.who was obtained in a trade with the Bills on Oct. 5, 2010. In the playoff game that year against New Orleans, his “Beast Quake” 67-yard touchdown run became one of the most memorable games in Seahawks history.


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  • Jamo57

    Will the Hawks now franchise Red Bryant or is the number for DEs to high?    Or would doing so buy them some time to then sign him to a longer contract and flatten that number out?    He seems to be a priority as well.

  • Jamo57

    Will the Hawks now franchise Red Bryant or is the number for DEs to high?    Or would doing so buy them some time to then sign him to a longer contract and flatten that number out?    He seems to be a priority as well.

  • RadioGuy

    “One of the NFL’s most reliable players?”  Marshawn Lynch?  Really?  The same Marshawn Lynch that Buffalo was willing to let go with over a year on his contract because he was such an underachiever for the Bills?  The same Marshawn Lynch who was a dog in Seattle until he began his salary drive the last few weeks of the 2011 season?  That Marshawn Lynch?

    Hey, if he plays as hard now that he’s got $18 million guaranteed, I’ll come back here to SPNW and publicly make a mea culpa.  I’m just not as convinced as others seem to be that he’ll put up the same numbers now that he’s got the kind of contract he wanted.  Benoit Benjamin used to do the same thing:  Big Ben would sign a contract for 3 years and play like Fido for the first 2-and-a-half years, then play well enough down the stretch to get another big 3-year deal the following offseason.

  • RadioGuy

    “One of the NFL’s most reliable players?”  Marshawn Lynch?  Really?  The same Marshawn Lynch that Buffalo was willing to let go with over a year on his contract because he was such an underachiever for the Bills?  The same Marshawn Lynch who was a dog in Seattle until he began his salary drive the last few weeks of the 2011 season?  That Marshawn Lynch?

    Hey, if he plays as hard now that he’s got $18 million guaranteed, I’ll come back here to SPNW and publicly make a mea culpa.  I’m just not as convinced as others seem to be that he’ll put up the same numbers now that he’s got the kind of contract he wanted.  Benoit Benjamin used to do the same thing:  Big Ben would sign a contract for 3 years and play like Fido for the first 2-and-a-half years, then play well enough down the stretch to get another big 3-year deal the following offseason.

  • Grover

    Running backs are a dime a dozen.  Giving any running back a big guaranteed contract is stupid, let alone an imminently ordinary running back like Marshawn Lynch.

    Spend your big bucks on linemen, receivers, and a quarterback.  Don’t waste money, especially guaranteed money, on a running back.

    Stupid mistake.

  • Grover

    Running backs are a dime a dozen.  Giving any running back a big guaranteed contract is stupid, let alone an imminently ordinary running back like Marshawn Lynch.

    Spend your big bucks on linemen, receivers, and a quarterback.  Don’t waste money, especially guaranteed money, on a running back.

    Stupid mistake.

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