The Seattle Seahawks and running back Marshawn Lynch have been engaged in negotiations on a new deal for several weeks. Absent an agreement, the team will apply the franchise tag before Monday’s deadline.
So what’s the hold up? It depends on who you ask. (Yes, Professor, it should be “whom” and not “who”.)
From the Seahawks’ perspective (according to a source with knowledge of the Seahawks’ position), a deal has been struck with Lynch’s agent, Doug Hendrickson, but Hendrickson can’t persuade Lynch to accept it. From Lynch’s perspective (according to a source with knowledge of Lynch’s position), no deal has been reached, with Hendrickson or with Lynch.
It could simply be a matter of semantics, or perhaps a byproduct of the normal negotiating process. Indeed, it’s not uncommon for an agent to tell a team something like, “I’m fine with your offer, but my client isn’t.”
Regardless, the Seahawks think the deal is hinging only on Lynch inking it. Lynch and Hendrickson view it differently.
Either way, there are indications a deal is indeed close. If, of course, Lynch will sign it.
Maybe the Seahawks should kick in a lifetime supply of Skittles.