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Marshawn Lynch hopes things work out in Seattle

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Marshawn Lynch picked a good time to have his best NFL season.

The Skittles-loving running back gained 1,204 yards on the ground and scored 13 touchdowns overall in his first full season with the Seahawks, giving him a strong platform to use to sell himself as he hits free agency. Unless he reaches an agreement with the Seahawks or they use a franchise tag on him, Lynch will be on the open market when free agency gets underway.

Lynch addressed that possibility on Monday, making it clear that his first choice would be remaining with the Seahawks. He didn’t address the possibility of a franchise tag, but Eric Williams of the Tacoma News-Tribune reports that Lynch would be fine with forgoing a chance to shop himself around the NFL.

“Hopefully I don’t have to. Hopefully I can get taken care of where I’m at. But I mean, if that’s the case, that would be the next step.”

Lynch’s play was a big reason why the Seahawks turned things around after a 2-6 start to the season. He topped 100 yards in six of the final nine games of the season and scored nine touchdowns over that span, giving the team a sound offensive foundation despite the erratic play of quarterback Tarvaris Jackson. It is hard to believe the Seahawks would choose to cut ties with Lynch, although how they’d prefer to keep him in the fold remains to be seen.

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17 Responses to “Marshawn Lynch hopes things work out in Seattle”
  1. granadafan says: Jan 2, 2012 4:00 PM

    Beast Mode didn’t have a good line blocking up front for most of the season. Once Lynch is not getting hit as soon as he receives the handoff, he can make the plays.

  2. objectivenflfan says: Jan 2, 2012 4:05 PM

    He sure looks like he’s found himself in Seattle. Contract year or no contract year, this season was special for Lynch.

    Sometimes the grass isn’t greener on the other side.

  3. bearsstillsuck says: Jan 2, 2012 4:21 PM

    And to think he could of went to green bay instead of Seattle.

  4. neagle64 says: Jan 2, 2012 4:30 PM

    Hopefully, ‘beast mode’ doesn’t disappear after ‘got paid mode’.

  5. danospleasanton says: Jan 2, 2012 4:35 PM

    I wish Gore was not given that big contract so 9ERS could splurge on him. He has much fresher legs and less mileage.

  6. pacificnw7722 says: Jan 2, 2012 4:42 PM

    The Hawk’s NEED to do the right thing and LOCK this strong young RB to a long term deal.

    GO HAWKS!!

  7. jessethegreat says: Jan 2, 2012 4:56 PM

    I still wish Thompson brought Rodgers college RB in last year. The Packers still won the Super Bowl, but a stronger rushing attack wouldn’t hurt.

  8. mmcdan133 says: Jan 2, 2012 4:58 PM

    Franchise him twice, run him 650 more times and let him walk. It’s dirty business, but it’s good business. There are a lot of ex-gms out there who paid their franchise running backs AFTER their production and neither party saw the end of the contract.

    Shaun Alexander, Larry Johnson, Clinton Portis, Brian Westbrook, Edgerrin James, Jamal Lewis, Duece McCallister, Ahman Green…..they all got paid and disappeared.

    It’s on page 1 of the NFL GM handbook. Never, ever EVER give a running back with a lot of carries a long term deal.

  9. 6thsense79 says: Jan 2, 2012 5:02 PM

    danospleasanton says:Jan 2, 2012 4:35 PM

    I wish Gore was not given that big contract so 9ERS could splurge on him. He has much fresher legs and less mileage.
    ———————————————
    What big contract did Gore get? Gore actually signed a 3 year extension potentially worth $21 million but realistically he’s only “guaranteed” $13.5 million and of that guaranteed money the 49ers don’t have to pay him $6.6 million if he’s released before the start of the 2013 season. Compared to contracts signed by other franchise backs this is really not a restrictive contract.

  10. hmpennypacker says: Jan 2, 2012 5:13 PM

    As a 49ers fan I really hope things DON’T work out and takes his talents to south beach. Or Nantucket.

  11. bleedgreen says: Jan 2, 2012 5:43 PM

    mmcdan133 says:
    Jan 2, 2012 4:58 PM
    … Brian Westbrook, …they all got paid and disappeared.

    ————-

    Westbrook didn’t get paid and disappear. He produced despite having bad knees and never practicing. He also ended up with 2 concussions in 1 season, so the Eagles got gunshy about keeping him around with the magnifying glass on people with chronic concussions. He still produced when given a chance in SF as well, but behind Gore he didn’t see much playing time.

  12. themackstrong says: Jan 2, 2012 5:50 PM

    They have to pay him, he earned it last year as well when the o-line was terrible. I never seen a RB make so many hard 3 yard runs after getting hit in the backfield over and over. Lynch is only 25, and I can’t imagine the Seahawks offense without him especially if we’re stuck with Jackson under center another year.

  13. scoobaj says: Jan 2, 2012 6:38 PM

    Hawks are set up nicely to make a run the next few years if they can get a productive QB. Jackson is mediocre on his best day.

  14. lorddarkhelmet says: Jan 2, 2012 6:41 PM

    give him a 5yr heavily front loaded contract. Bam! Problem solved.

  15. fwbrodie says: Jan 2, 2012 7:18 PM

    Dare I say… Face of the Franchise?

    The Seahawks need to sign him back up and draft themselves a proper third down back to back him up. He’s been so fun to watch this year.

  16. hawkman84 says: Jan 2, 2012 9:51 PM

    Sooo much determination doeee!

    I never seen that before doeee!

    A guy put the team on da back like that doeeee!

  17. hawkman84 says: Jan 2, 2012 9:53 PM

    Whatever we do we need to get a functional, clutch moment QB!

    Front office, please show Russell Wilson some love!

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