Marshawn Lynch and Seahawks reportedly strike new contract agreement.
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported Saturday night that the Seattle Seahawks and free agent-to-be running back Marshawn Lynch have agreed to a new contract.
Once formally agreed upon and finalized, completed will be a slight whirlwind of events dating back to the NFC Championship Game when some thought Lynch was done in Seattle.
Lynch, of course, was not afforded the opportunity from the one-yard line in the Super Bowl to score the go-ahead touchdown, as the Seahawks instead opted for a quick throw into the end zone which Patriots’ defensive back Malcolm Butler intercepted to finalize New England’s fourth Super Bowl title.
Lynch, who made headlines prior to the NFC Championship Game for giving the impression he would wear gold cleats, ended up wearing Seahawks colored spikes with gold soles on the bottom of the shoe.
“Beast Mode,” as he’s often referred to by his admirers, at age 28 had one of his best seasons in the NFL. Not only did he lead the NFL in rushing touchdowns with 13, but also had the second most total rushing yards from scrimmage of his career with 1,306.
His 4.7 yards per attempt far surpassed his career average of 4.3 yards per carry and ranks second among all of his seasons in the NFL.
He also had his second best overall season as a receiver out of the backfield, catching 37 passes for 367 yards and four touchdowns. Only in 2008, his second year in the league did he have more catches, and only in his rookie season did he average more yards per catch.
He had never gained as many total receiving yards as he did in 2014.
Still, Lynch was not a sure thing to return to Seattle in 2015, or beyond. But again, La Canfora states he will be back, citing league sources.
If La Canfora is ultimately right, it is likely that Lynch’s deal will be a short-term contract laced in incentives, not because the Seahawks have any reason not to trust Lynch, but simply because a 28-year-old running back who has touted the ball over 2,000 times in his regular season career and almost 200 more in the postseason is not a smart bet.
And Seattle’s front office, led by general manager John Schneider, is quite wise. Lynch will be paid fairly, but it probably won’t be for as much as he could have made on the open market.
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