Seahawks HC Pete Carroll confirmed that they have been negotiating a contract extension with RB Marshawn Lynch “for a long time.”
“We’ll see,” Carroll said during an appearance on 710 ESPN in Seattle. “We’ve been in the midst of negotiations for a long time for the future, so we’ll see how that goes.”
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported on Sunday that Lynch received a “huge” contract offer from Seattle that would keep him in Seattle for the foreseeable future.
According to Rapoport, the contract is believed to include over $10 million for the 2015 season, which would be a sizable raise seeing as he’s scheduled to make $5 million next season.
The two sides have reportedly been working a new agreement that would make him the highest-paid running back other than Adrian Peterson based on average salary.
There’s no question that Lynch is an extremely valuable part of the Seahawks’ offense, but they have clearly changed their minds about him since before the start of the season when there was talk that Seattle could move on without him.
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.