It looks like the speculated parting of ways between the two is NOT going to happen. Yep, most likely Beast Mode is staying put in Seattle and is about to get paid. Big time.
The Seahawks have offered star running back Marshawn Lynch a “huge contract extension,” writes NFLcom’s Ian Rapoport.
Rapport writes that the deal includes a 2015 salary of more than $10 million, a significant increase on the $5 million Lynch is slated to make next season on his current deal.
The Seahawks believe that Lynch, who has rushed for 1,200 yards in each of the past four seasons, has outplayed his contract, sources say. They want to reward him for his work. There’s also the fact that on the open market Lynch will get at least what Seattle is putting on the table. As one Oakland Raiders fan posted on the EURweb Facebook fan page, “We need players like him.” Yes you and so do damn near every team in the NFL.
As Rapport put it, “this is a stunning turnaround from where the Seahawks were with Lynch earlier in the season. For a variety of issues — including Lynch’s somewhat chilly relationship with coaches, his age and his hefty salary — the expectation was that Seattle wouldn’t bring Lynch back for another season. But the way Lynch has played and led this team to another Super Bowl forced the Seahawks to reverse course.”
There’s also speculation that Lynch may retire if the Seahawks win the Super Bowl on Sunday against the New England Patriots. All we can say to that is, “yeah, right.”