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Report: Seahawks offer big contract extension to Lynch

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SEATTLE — The Seattle Seahawks are offering to make Marshawn Lynch one of the highest-paid running backs in the NFL, according to an NFL Network report.

Ian Rapoport says that the Seahawks have offered Lynch a contract that would double his salary in 2015, up to $10 million. Lynch is currently scheduled to make $5 million in 2015, which is the final year of his current four-year deal.

The extension offer is also to go well past 2015. Rapoport called the Seahawks’ offer a “huge contract extension” that could allow Lynch to finish his career with the Seahawks. The $10 million in 2015 would have Lynch be second, only to Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson, on the list of the NFL’s highest paid running backs.

Lynch ran for 1,306 yards and 13 touchdowns in the 2014 regular season. He also ran for 157 yards and a touchdown in the NFC Championship Game against Green Bay.

Rapoport broke the news Sunday morning.

On the heels of another dominant season for the running back nicknamed “Beast Mode,” multiple sources tell me Seattle has made Lynch an offer on a huge contract extension that would keep him in a Seahawks uniform for years to come.

The deal is believed to include more than $10 million for Lynch in the 2015 season alone. Lynch currently is slated to make $5 million in 2015, the final year of what originally was a four-year, $31 million deal.

Lynch made international headlines last week during the run up to the Super Bowl as he uncomfortably faced the media and repeated lines like ‘I’m here so I don’t get fined.’

Thursday Lynch finally did talk to the media at length.

Lynch sat in front of reporters and unleashed a monologue — well, a monologue by Marshawn’s standards — discussing his love for his family and his distaste for the media — but acceptance that just like him, they have a job to do.

All the while news that the NFL had threatened to fine Lynch over his wardrobe choices loomed in the background.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell at his news conference Friday spoke of Marshawn Lynch’s dislike for speaking to the media.

“It is part of your job,” Goodell said. “And there are things we all to do in  our jobs that we may not necessarily want to do.”

He said fans are “curious … want to know” what Lynch thinks about the Super Bowl and the Seahawks opponent and that other players meet their “obligation” to speak to the media.

Goodell also said any league discipline of Lynch for wearing a non-league approved hat at Media Day would not be decided until sometime after the Super Bowl.

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    • Allen Matsumoto

      Same money that every other team has to spend; Salary cap means it’s just about how you allocate it across your team. I agree though, that’s still enough that the amount of public subsidy on the stadium seems a little nuts. But now that it’s a done deal, I’m trying to block that out and just enjoy the stadium, which is a great one!

  • YouMadBro

    With a big contract for Lynch and with Wilson due to make a big payday, there isn’t a lot left under the cap. Going to be interesting who will stay and leave during the offseason