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Seahawks GM says RB Lynch will be on team in 2012

Posted on: February 23, 2012 6:53 pm
Will Lynch be a Seahawk in 2012? 'Yeah' (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

INDIANAPOLIS -- Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was the fourth-best running back on our list of potential free agents. But it doesn't sound like there's much of a chance of him getting out of Seattle.

We noted a few days ago a report that Lynch and the Seahawks were "deep" in contract negotiations. And on Thursday at the NFL combine, John Schneider confirmed just that, saying the two sides have had "great discussions."
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"We're having great discussions and I'm actually meeting with his guy tonight," Schneider said. "But we've had great discussions since, man, probably two-to-three weeks left in the season. So there's no animosity at all. It's a good dialogue. No fistfights."

As everyone knows, the No. 1 rule of contract negotiations is "no fistfights." So that's good. Asked about the possibility of Lynch getting the franchise tag in 2012, Schneider said "sure." He also later confirmed to Clare Farnsworth of ("yeah") that Lynch would be with the Seahawks for at least one more season.

We previously mentioned that Marshawn's up-and-down production in 2011 should be a big, red flag for the Seahawks. But Schneider believes (and, perhaps, rightly so) that Lynch's struggles were more a byproduct of a shortened offseason and an offensive line that didn't gel until late in the year.

"Not necessarily," Schneider said when asked if Lynch's splits were a concern. "Because were kind of coming together with our offensive line. There was a new group and an odd, odd offseason," Schneider said. "So with him it was more of a timing thing with his reads and anticipation. Once the guys up front started coming together he kind of took off, and we had those injuries to [James] Moffitt and [James] Carpenter and we had some guys step in and play real well. Once those guys became more of a cohesive group he just continued to perform at a high level."

The price for Lynch, either in a long-term deal or via the $7.7 million tag, is pretty steep. But if putting Lynch on a one-year contract motivates him to run like he did in the latter half of 2011, it'll look like a steal by this time next year.

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Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2012 9:54 am

Seahawks GM says RB Lynch will be on team in 2012

I thought Marshawn Lynch was tired of playing on a bad team with no hope towards the future. I thought that he wanted to play for his local team...49ers or the Raiders. I also thought that he wanted to play on the same team as his cousin, Josh Johnson whom the 49ers will sign.

But that's what I get for thinking so much. Apparently, Pete "I' cannot win with my former USC players" Carrol is a great guy and coach to anyone who he coached against in college....Marshawn Lynch is one of them. Desean Jackson is another. Both are Cal Bears products who I thought the 49ers should really pursue. I mean come on...ever since the 49ers passed up Tony Gonzalez it's been down hill ever since. Don't get me started with "but they drafted Jeremy Newberry"....hahaha! The 49ers needed dynamic playmakers more in the past decade than a offensive lineman.

Since: Mar 1, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2012 8:07 am

Seahawks GM says RB Lynch will be on team in 2012

If the Seahawks end up with Peyton, Marshawn would be a great rb to keep defenses honest.

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 10:30 pm

Seahawks GM says RB Lynch will be on team in 2012

Worth keeping even if you have to franchise for a little over 7.3 Million. The guy's a beast.

Since: Dec 4, 2011
Posted on: February 23, 2012 8:10 pm

Seahawks GM says RB Lynch will be on team in 2012

This guy proved he can be a beast! Seattle surely has to keep him. Unlimited supply of Skittles should be included in the contract.

Since: Dec 8, 2011
Posted on: February 23, 2012 7:22 pm
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