According to Getlin, the offer is a three-year contract that includes another $9 million in the second year.
Seahawks HC Pete Carroll told reporters on Friday that they’ve been “negotiating in earnest” with Lynch and have extended him “big offers.”
“I haven’t talked to Marshawn,” Carroll said, via Terry Blount of ESPN. “But we have been negotiating in earnest for a great deal of time now to get Marshawn back with us. It’s been an ongoing, long process and we’ve had big offers out there and continue to work with that. We’re excited about the future. He’s been an integral part of our program. We would like to move it ahead swiftly. It’s such a big deal to get our elite players intact and we’re working at that now.”
Lynch is still weighing whether or not to return to the NFL next season, but it appears as though the Seahawks are serious about compensating him at a high to be back in 2015.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media report last week on Friday that Lynch has chronic back issues that will be a “major factor” when it comes to returning next season.
According to Rapoport, Lynch is specifically dealing with compressed cartilage in his back, which happens to be something that only get worse in the coming years.
Of course, Lynch’s running style probably doesn’t help matters given the number of hits he takes over the course of a game. The Seahawks have made it to back-to-back Super Bowls which means Lynch has played in 38 games in the past two seasons.
Lynch, 28, has one year remaining on his four-year, $31 million contract that included $17 million guaranteed. He’ll make a base salary of $5 million next year to go along with his $8.5 million cap figure.
Lynch finished the 2014 season with 1,306 rushing yards, a career high 13 rushing touchdowns, and four touchdown receptions. In fact, Lynch has eclipsed 1,200 rushing yards in each of the past four seasons. In addition, Pro Football Focus rated Lynch as the No. 2 overall running back in 2014.
We’ll provide more information regarding contract negotiations between Lynch and the Sehawks as the news is available.