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Seahawks “deep” in contract talks with Lynch, prepared to use tag

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The free agent running back market looks good on paper, but all the best options aren’t going to change teams.

Ray Rice and Matt Forte will get the franchise tag if they can’t work out long-term deals. The same appears to be true for Marshawn Lynch in Seattle.

Jason La Canfora of NFL Network writes that the Seahawks are “deep in talks” with Lynch on a long-term deal. That deal could be completed “well before” March 5. If the deal falls apart, Seattle is ready to use the tag.

We think using the tag on Lynch makes a lot more sense than a long-term deal. He’s been an inconsistent player throughout his career that only played his best in the second half of last season. Why not make him back up the performance or go year-to-year with a player that already has plenty of wear and tear on his legs?

No matter what the Seahawks do, it’s safe to say Lynch is staying put. And he’ll be able to afford all the Skittles he wants.

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19 Responses to “Seahawks “deep” in contract talks with Lynch, prepared to use tag”
  1. greatdanton77 says: Feb 20, 2012 11:49 AM

    How much do skittles cost in the matrix?

  2. frostbelt says: Feb 20, 2012 11:56 AM

    Miss this guy!

    Sincerely,
    A Bills fan

  3. sportsmeccabi says: Feb 20, 2012 12:07 PM

    Deserves a good signing bonus based of his run against the saints 2 years ago. Still provides great entertainment with the combination of the commentary by YouTube sensation: Demetry James.
    Darren Sharper! Hold my dick!

  4. orhawk says: Feb 20, 2012 12:20 PM

    This guy deserves a good contract. Sign him then get a QB!!!!

  5. seatownballers says: Feb 20, 2012 12:54 PM

    Definitely coming back. They will use this as a selling point to get flynn. Then they draft coples or ingram. This team will be in the playoffs next year

  6. biggregg44 says: Feb 20, 2012 1:00 PM

    wear and tear on his legs? he’s only 25 (soon to be 26) and has had 200+ carries only 3 times in his career. i seriously doubt that leads to “plenty of wear and tear”

  7. vahawker says: Feb 20, 2012 1:46 PM

    Schneider and Carrol sure are fools who don’t know how to run a football team. Can’t believe they gave up the house to trade for this guy.

  8. bing253 says: Feb 20, 2012 1:48 PM

    I’d say he’s as durabale as both Rice and Forte since he’s never had a major injury and has as many touches as they do? Lynch in five years has three 1,000 seasons where Rice has 3 out 4 and Forte 2 out 4?

    Anyone can look up the numbers but Lynch has been as valuable to Seahawks as Forte and Rice have been for the Bears and Ravens respectively.

  9. squared80 says: Feb 20, 2012 2:15 PM

    Half of these comments think this deal is a smart move for the Seahawks. Are you all kidding me? Franchise tag a less-than-average RB? Good gravy, learn how to run a team. Happy that Lynch is getting paid like a star, but what a joke of an organization.

  10. hooterdawg says: Feb 20, 2012 2:15 PM

    vahawker: I’m sure you can find an east coast team that is ‘run’ the way you expect.

  11. fumblenuts says: Feb 20, 2012 2:30 PM

    Tom Cable finally had the O-line playing decent the last half of the season as well.

    This coming season, Lynch should light it up BIG TIME!

  12. cliffordc05 says: Feb 20, 2012 2:38 PM

    There is no way he is playing anywhere but Seattle next year. He is also probably more valuable to Seattle than to any other team so it only makes sense for them to keep him. Hopefully, they get a deal done but there is nothing wrong with a one year salary in excess of seven million.

  13. beastmode24 says: Feb 20, 2012 4:06 PM

    Don’t think they will break the bank for him but would like to see him get locked up. Nothing wrong with using the tag for one year to keep him hungry either. They need to make sure to keep Red Bryant as well. One of them will get the tag if they can’t lock up both.

  14. bing253 says: Feb 20, 2012 4:19 PM

    “less than average”–I think Lynch was the NFLs leading rusher the second half of the season and finish 7th overall. So I’d say he’s a good player and a lot of that is because he’s comfortable in the Seahawks offense.

    The more interesting story is from Dan Pompei of the national football post that states the Seahawks may be the odds on favorite to land Peyton Manning! Apparently one of the Seahawks team doctors is Stan Herring, who also is one of the country’s preeminent specialists for spine injuries.

  15. cthunder67 says: Feb 21, 2012 2:54 AM

    Schneider and Carrol sure are fools who don’t know how to run a football team. Can’t believe they gave up the house to trade for this guy.
    …………………………………………………………………………………..

    Vahawker, you’re an idiot. They gave up 2 5th round picks for Lynch. How is that giving up the house?

  16. jeffesky says: Feb 21, 2012 1:01 PM

    As a true hawks fan the only rb we ever had thar was even close lynch was ricky waters. lynch lays it on the line every play. he is inspiring to me and a lot of true hawk fans. how can you not want the best for him. we really are a qb away from making some noise in the nfl. i think flynn is gona come here. manning will get snaged and tannehill will get picked earlier in the draft than the hawks are willing to give. go hawks

  17. hawkman84 says: Feb 21, 2012 2:30 PM

    He played better in the 2nd half of the season because he better understood the zone scheme (through Cable’s tutelage) not because he’s a late-bloomer, which you intimated, Rosenthal. Couple that with gradual progression of a young, developing O-line and you get Lynch’s 2nd half explosion.

    Know your franchise and it’s players before you speculate dammit!!!

    That being said he deserves a contract but I’m not complete;y against giving him the Walt treatment as long as it’s not an outrageous figure, which tags usually amount to.

  18. bigguy54 says: Feb 21, 2012 4:29 PM

    I am guesssing you guys missed the sarcasm in VaHawkers post. Well, I hope it was sarcasm, because if he was serious, go jump on the NE Bandwagon.

  19. hawkman84 says: Feb 21, 2012 4:42 PM

    I wonder if anyone outside of Seattle–ESPECIALLY ESPN–remembers that Seattle was the only team to rush for 100yds against the 9ers this season!

    And I also wonder if anyone outside of Seattle–ESPECIALLY ESPN–remembers that the ONLY RB to rush for a TD against the 9ers this season was in fact Marshawn Lynch!!!

    I just wonder if people outside of Seattle–ESPECIALLY ESPN–realize that!

    Because people outside of Seattle–ESPECIALLY ESPN–seem to forget/overlook that!

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