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Report: Lynch, Seahawks 'deep' in contract talks

Posted on: February 20, 2012 1:13 pm
 
Seattle and Lynch are reportedly 'deep' in contract talks. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

In 2011, Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch had the most productive season of his career, rushing for 1,204 yards and 12 touchdowns on 285 carries. Despite that, it's been thought that Seattle wouldn't use the franchise-tag on the impending free agent.

A report from Jason LaCanfora of NFL Network significantly changes the perception of Lynch's future in Seattle, as LaCanfora writes on Monday that the two sides are "deep" in contract talks and could use the tag if a deal isn't completed.

"The Seahawks are deep in talks with running back Marshawn Lynch on a long-term deal, which could well be completed before the March 5 deadline. If that somehow falls apart, the Seahawks are prepared to tag Lynch, according to a source with knowledge of the situation."

There's reason to be optimistic about Lynch's future. Though he didn't produce his best cumulative season, he was absolutely dominant down the stretch in 2011, rushing for 941 yards (78.2 percent of his season total) over the final nine games of the season.

And maybe this tag is an obvious one to some people, but there's a reason we didn't list Lynch when we ran down a list of guys we thought would be likely to get franchise-tagged: he's got some serious mileage and some serious question marks.

For starters, Lynch's career-high yards-per-carry total is 4.2, which he posted in 2011. It's also easy to laud his numbers from 2011, but remember, through the first seven weeks of the season, Lynch was averaging 3.55 YPC and just 44 yards per game. That's not the sort of performance that warrants a big-money, long-term investment and it might not be the type of performance worthy of an $8-million-ish payday just for next season either.

Especially when you could just pay him in Skittles.

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Comments

Since: Jun 28, 2010
Posted on: February 20, 2012 9:05 pm
 

Report: Lynch, Seahawks 'deep' in contract talks

What a moronic comment! He's proven to be an idiot off the field? He did something like 3-4 years ago, so? Speaking of IDIOT, you are actually calling PC's draft picks bad?!? REALLY?? Have you seen the draft picks? Everyone can see through your hate filled rant about the Seahawks. You know nothing about their situation and its ironic you are the one calling someone an idiot when in fact you said the biggest idiotic statement someone could say. Please dont procreate!



Since: May 12, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 3:55 pm
 

Report: Lynch, Seahawks 'deep' in contract talks

This is a must sign. He means a great deal to the success of the Seahawks. I think he found a home there and is about to get a very sweet contract. This is vital, to both Lynch and the Seahawks. Still I wonder what Marshawn wook look like in a Packers Jersey. He was very close to being traded there just a couple of seasons ago.



Since: Jan 5, 2012
Posted on: February 20, 2012 3:14 pm
 

Report: Lynch, Seahawks 'deep' in contract talks

beast mode!  really, they need him!



Since: Sep 4, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 2:50 pm
 

Report: Lynch, Seahawks 'deep' in contract talks

This guy has proven to be an idiot off the the field and mostly unproductive on it throughout his career. If the Seahawks want give this guy more than 20million or more the than 3years they will regret it. Pete is not the guy who is going to bring championships to Seattle just more bad contracts and questionable draft picks or has most Seahawks fans know it the usaul.



Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 2:09 pm
 

Report: Lynch, Seahawks 'deep' in contract talks

When you find something that works you keep it, sign the guy and get back to looking for your QB. He isnt asking for "AP" money, so be glad you have an awesome back at your facility and give him a contract.



Since: Jan 7, 2010
Posted on: February 20, 2012 2:09 pm
 

Report: Lynch, Seahawks 'deep' in contract talks

Tag him to make sure last season wasn't a fluke. If he performs again, then give him a 4 or 5 year deal. Fair enough



Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: February 20, 2012 1:40 pm
 

Report: Lynch, Seahawks 'deep' in contract talks

The Hawks better do everything they can to resign this guy!


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