SEATTLE — According to NFL.com’s Jason LaCanfora the Seattle Seahawks are “very deep” in contract talks with free agent running back Marshawn Lynch. While it’s likely Lynch will be franchise tagged to keep him off the market, it’s now regarded as a “if needed” tool.
Lynch, 25, is one of three starting running backs who should they hit the open market would become very hot commodities. Baltimore’s Ray Rice and Chicago’s Matt Forte are the other two free agent running backs this offseason.
Since being acquired from Buffalo in a mid-season trade in 2010 Lynch has become the focal point in Seattle’s offense. In 27 games Lynch has racked up 1,777 yards and eighteen rushing touchdowns on the field, and captivating the Seahawks fan base off it.
Nicknamed “beast mode” for his tough, aggressive style of running it wasn’t known nationally until his electrifying 67-yard touchdown run against the New Orleans Saints in the 2010 playoffs. At the same exact moment Lynch scored that touchdown a small earthquake occurred under Qwest Field.
“Beast quake” quickly spread into the national spotlight along with the Seahawks new dynamic running back. While Lynch was the twelfth overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft out of Cal he never didn’t gain national recognition until that run. Since then he’s gone on to set, and break several Seahawks rushing records.
This past season Lynch scored at least one rushing touchdown in ten consecutive games breaking Shaun Alexander’s record set it 2005. Lynch also became the fifth running back in Seahawks history to rush for 1,000 yards joining Alexander, Curt Warner, Ricky Watters and Chris Warren.
With time a crucial aspect for a running back in the NFL Lynch picked the perfect year to have his best season, a contract year. He finished the season with 1,204 yards rushing and twelve touchdowns which are both career highs. Both Seattle and Lynch need each other and it’s no secret that he’s going to remain with the Seahawks.
The only question has been whether the team and Lynch can agree on a “long-term” contract or use the one-year franchise tag to keep the Pro Bowler in Seattle. With the report from LaCanfora it’s good news for Seahawks fans and Pete Carroll.
Keeping Lynch in Seattle was a must of Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider this offseason and by all accounts Beast Mode will be back in 2012.
If the Seahawks need to tag Lynch it will hit the cap at $7.7 million, down from the past two years which were both over eight million.
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