The NFL offseason this year claimed a lot of big names and saw them switch teams which is a trend we could very well see continue in years to come. It’s a given that we will see veteran names leave their current teams but up in Seattle it’s something that fans simply do not want to think about.
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According to ESPN.com Seahawks writer Terry Blount, there could be some big names that become victims to the salary cap and one of those names is indeed running back Marshawn Lynch.
"Lynch and Okung are signed through 2015, but that doesn’t mean they will be in Seattle in 2015. Lynch would count $9 million against the cap in 2015 and Okung would count $7.3 million. Both are star players, but the Seahawks are grooming Christine Michael as the running back of the future and Okung has to show he can stay healthy.The Seahawks want to keep as many top players as possible, but simple math tells you some big names will be gone after 2014."
If you look at the logistics of it, cutting Lynch might make a lot of sense after the 2014 season asthe Seahawks won’t have the money to give him the contract he wants and he’s getting up there in age which is always a crutch for teams who don’t want to pay someone to lean on.
Still, there hasn’t been a running back in Seattle like Lynch and the fans love him to death. He may take less money to return, as he’s shown no signs of wanting to leave the Seahawks, but Seattle will be in a cap crunch in the coming years and we’ve already seen big names like Chris Clemons and Golden Tate leave in free agency, so there’s no saying Lynch won’t be one of those names as well.