The market for running backs is diminishing as they’re used less in offenses and they become expendable. Instead of paying top dollar for a premier running back, teams are more inclined to bring in young players via the draft and develop talent. That could include Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, aka Beast Mode.
ESPN’s John Clayton writes: “Marshawn Lynch will make $7 million a year for the Seattle Seahawks, but he could be cut in 2015 if he experiences a decline.”
Lynch will turn 28 later this month and isn’t quite to the dreaded 30-year-old mark. He is also coming off a Super Bowl win and three straight seasons rushing for over 1,200 yards including a 1,590 yard season in 2012. In the last three seasons he has also rushed for 35 touchdowns and caught another four touchdown passes.
Certainly he doesn’t appear poised for a drop of this season, but anything can happen in the NFL and he will turn 29 in April of 2015. Aisde from that, the Seahawks might be dishing out contracts to younger players like quarterback Russell Wilson, cornerback Richard Sherman and safety Earl Thomas. Trying to get those deals might force the Seahawks to renegotiate Lynch’s deal or cut him as Clayton suggests.
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