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Seahawks, Lynch strike four-year, $31 million deal

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The Seahawks had hoped to get running back Marshawn Lynch signed to a long-term deal before Monday, the deadline for using the franchise tag.

They got their wish.

The team announced within the past half hour that the Seahawks and Lynch have agreed to terms.  Per a source with knowledge of the situation, it’s a four-year, $31 million contract with $18 million guaranteed.

It’s unclear whether and to what extent the guaranteed money is fully guaranteed or partially guaranteed.  Given the funding rules, it’s likely that Lynch will get a large chunk of true guarantees in 2012, via signing bonus or fully-guaranteed base salaries.  Future guarantees will likely be injury only, for now.

We’ll post the details once they’re available.  For now, the bottom line is that Lynch has signed on the bottom line.

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48 Responses to “Seahawks, Lynch strike four-year, $31 million deal”
  1. indyseriesnick says: Mar 4, 2012 10:02 PM

    other 31 nfl teams: DAMN!!!

  2. cornersportsnet says: Mar 4, 2012 10:03 PM

    Good move he will play Two years then they might let him go,glad he got a nice chunk upfront

  3. seattlelgt says: Mar 4, 2012 10:05 PM

    BEAST MODE! $18M will buy a lot of Skittles!

  4. rip4gehrig says: Mar 4, 2012 10:06 PM

    Now with a good draft, signing Flynn and V-Jack Pete might get them over .500

  5. dawsonleery says: Mar 4, 2012 10:08 PM

    Lynch is still young and he really came on last season. Hopefully he can still play at that high level.

  6. thacover2 says: Mar 4, 2012 10:08 PM

    Marshawn finally got his skittles. now lets see if he plays like a high paid running back

  7. bigbearincali says: Mar 4, 2012 10:10 PM

    Ray Rice and Matt Forte have the biggest smiles at this point cause they’ll be cashing in this year or next. Lynch is a good player but one dimensional and IMO Seahawks have a lot more weaknesses than to spend so much $$ on a RB. RB are easier to get than finding a franchise QB, which they don’t have at this point.

  8. minormillikin says: Mar 4, 2012 10:10 PM

    A 3lb bag of Skittles on Amazon is about $10.

    New Headline:

    Seahawks, Lynch strike four-year, 4650 Tons of Skittles deal.

  9. seattlerogueburner says: Mar 4, 2012 10:19 PM

    Good for you Marshawn. After the past 2 seasons, I think you earned it.

    He’s a good RB, and where he lacks in talent, he gains in endurance and entertainment. Nothing like being at Century Link Field cheering this kid on.

    Go Hawks.

  10. bmeagles71 says: Mar 4, 2012 10:21 PM

    31 million skittles for lynch not dollars

  11. swu32733 says: Mar 4, 2012 10:22 PM


  12. seatownballers says: Mar 4, 2012 10:23 PM

    Awesome job marshawn. You performed well, and have been rewarded. Franchise tag is still coming, just gotta figure out who. Hawthorne, bryant, or haushka?

  13. cannonballdookie says: Mar 4, 2012 10:23 PM

    Too much money to spend on a one dimensional back in this day and age, but he’s a valuable part of the team and they should at least be able to get two productive seasons out of him. It’s pretty much a deal they had to make I guess.

  14. rip4gehrig says: Mar 4, 2012 10:26 PM

    Good move, we have other needs and I didnt want them to have to use the Franchise Tag on him.

  15. heimerz says: Mar 4, 2012 10:26 PM

    enough with the Skittles

  16. dino2997 says: Mar 4, 2012 10:29 PM

    This is a reasonable contract when comparing it to the contracts signed by Chris Johnson or DeAngelo Williams. Maybe expectations are coming down….

  17. zrb17 says: Mar 4, 2012 11:01 PM

    Hawk yeah !
    Hopefully he still goes Beast Mode and Hawks get a better option at QB with a bit of help in the front seven on D. Don’t forget to sign Bryant.
    Go Seahawks ! 12th Man

  18. trbowman says: Mar 4, 2012 11:02 PM

    Lynch’s last season was a fluke and conveniently came in a contract year. This contract will be laughed at next season.

  19. lilrob10201 says: Mar 4, 2012 11:08 PM

    No wonder why he wheres a BEAST MODE grill.Because his rotten teeth does not show from all them skittles.

  20. mikebe1 says: Mar 4, 2012 11:08 PM

    31 mil for lynch?? Really?? Ray rice is gonna get 55 mill I guess

  21. jtryan03 says: Mar 4, 2012 11:08 PM

    Good move, as Marshawn led the Seahawks to an improbable playoff run two years ago. He played well this past season and definitely earned this contract. In the draft, with the 12th pick, I expect the Seahawks to target Ryan Tannehill, should he be available. With that pick and with other picks, I like Seattle to be contenders for change-of-pace backs such as LaMichael James (Oregon) or Lamar Miller (Miami). Marshawn Lynch would have been a key free agent if he had hit the open market, so a good job by the Seahawks to retain him with a solid contract.

  22. jeffesky says: Mar 4, 2012 11:10 PM

    Yay for lynch he deserves it. the guy gives all he has every down. we love him in seattle. even the saints couldnt stop him last year and im sure they had big pool going. congrats to beast mode.

  23. lolb23 says: Mar 4, 2012 11:10 PM

    Bills should have kept this dude

  24. mc9399 says: Mar 4, 2012 11:30 PM

    lol the bills overdraft at rb, first lynch, spiller, all the while they had jackson, whose the best 1 out of the 3.

  25. getadealdonealready says: Mar 4, 2012 11:30 PM

    Everyone knows great teams have a great RB & Great QB. (Lynch & T-Joke)……well good luck with that Seattle, have fun never winning the worst division in football.

  26. snoqualmieterry says: Mar 4, 2012 11:57 PM

    If we didn’t sign him, we would have used the tag on him and maybe lost Bryant. I hope his effort remains the same. We need to draft a pass rusher in the first round and not reach for a QB. Next year will be a better draft for QBs. If we get our 3 starting o linemen back and get a pass rush we should be better.

  27. cliffordc05 says: Mar 5, 2012 12:04 AM

    The NFC West was not the worst division in football last year. Marshawn Lynch will play another four years at a high level. This contract was a good move for Seattle. They still have enough to sign Mario Williams or Matt Flynn. They will not take Tannehill with their first pick even if he is available.

    They will contend for the playoffs next year and be ready for a deep run one year later. The key will be to find that QB.

  28. kane337 says: Mar 5, 2012 12:21 AM

    I’m glad he re-signed with them. Lynch is a great fit in Seattle. Fans love him too.

  29. granadafan says: Mar 5, 2012 12:22 AM

    Good for Lynch. He was pretty much the top running back in the league at the end of the year. It’s good that he finally has a decent line up front to help block.

  30. danpit2 says: Mar 5, 2012 12:25 AM

    Almost 8 million per year? Overpaid! It will be interesting to how much it guaranteed , Seahawks fan better hope this deal is back loaded

  31. mikehockhurtz says: Mar 5, 2012 12:25 AM

    About to make it rain up in here….

  32. stampnhawk says: Mar 5, 2012 12:27 AM

    6 years to the night signed Alexander to exactly double; both term and $.
    Obviously different circumstances and player, but all in all a reasonble contract for an effective hard working player that changes games, so long as they get some other things done.

    1. Re-sign Lynch – done
    2. Find change of pace back
    3. Upgrade OLine
    4. Sign/take a chance on Manning with all that cap space
    5. Profit!

  33. cannonballdookie says: Mar 5, 2012 12:35 AM

    lolb23 says: Mar 4, 2012 11:10 PM

    Bills should have kept this dude

    He is nowhere near the back Fred Jackson is.

  34. machester52 says: Mar 5, 2012 12:41 AM

    This dude truly is the definition of BEAST MODE. Well deserving of the money.

  35. housmanp says: Mar 5, 2012 12:56 AM

    This was a good signing… The annual average is $7.75M (right at the Franchise Tag amount for ’12). Hopefully we continue to build an offense that can keep him productive/healthy. One great move that will get the dominoes to fall in our favor.

    Re-sign Big Red and sign mario Williams in FA. Can’t wait for the draft. Let’s take a QB!!!

  36. jshawaii22 says: Mar 5, 2012 1:14 AM

    TJack has one year left on his contract. I wouldn’t consider that a death knell to the future of the team. He was stop gap, so we could release Hass and start the rebuilding. Compared to other teams with our record 3 years ago, Pete and JS have done an outstanding job blowing out the garbage that our last GM left us with and trying to improve from the trenches out.

    T-Joke? Not hardly. He won 50% of the games he started last year, without an off-season and a shortened training camp, but he’s not the QB of the future, and that we can pretty much all agree to that.


  37. says: Mar 5, 2012 1:29 AM

    seatownballers says:
    Mar 4, 2012 10:23 PM
    Awesome job marshawn. You performed well, and have been rewarded. Franchise tag is still coming, just gotta figure out who. Hawthorne, bryant, or haushka?”
    None of those three make sense for the franchise tag. Hawthorne isn’t a great fit in Seattle so why spend $8.8 mil on him? He’s not worth that, nor is Bryant worth over $10 mil. As four Hauschka…he’s a RFA. Give him a 1st or a 3rd round tender offer and he’s not going anywhere and is a lot cheaper.

    Only one that makes sense to tag is Carlson…he’s the top FA TE at this point and will demand a fair amount on the open market.

  38. silverandblack052099 says: Mar 5, 2012 1:30 AM

    They still have a pile of garbage at the QB position.

  39. raiderlyfe510 says: Mar 5, 2012 2:13 AM

    Cant hate on a Oakland soldier….but man that’s a lot of money for a RB.

  40. sportsguybayarea says: Mar 5, 2012 3:07 AM

    bigbearincali says:Mar 4, 2012 10:10 PM

    Ray Rice and Matt Forte have the biggest smiles at this point cause they’ll be cashing in this year or next. Lynch is a good player but one dimensional and IMO Seahawks have a lot more weaknesses than to spend so much $$ on a RB. RB are easier to get than finding a franchise QB, which they don’t have at this point


    One dimensional or not, Lynch is an elite back in. still underrated. and youre wrong about the seahawks having a lot of weaknesses. they have very good players on both sides of the field (exept at qb). theyre defense is very good and once they get it going as a team, theyre defense will turn it up a notch as well. im a niners fan so i get to watch the hawks twice a year and they remind me a lot of my team. hawks def heading down the right track. look out for them next year.

  41. says: Mar 5, 2012 3:34 AM

    Better a pile of garbage at QB than a pile of garbage for a team.

  42. pencilmonkeymagic says: Mar 5, 2012 5:01 AM

    Loving the ‘one dimensional’ tag people giving Lynch on here. Thing is, I don’t remember too many teams being able to cope with that one dimension at all last season.

  43. wwwmattcom says: Mar 5, 2012 6:39 AM

    Man if he is worth that much I feel bad for Fred Jackson, a better back who won’t. Get that kind of money but is clearly better.

  44. EJ says: Mar 5, 2012 7:03 AM

    Hopefully he keeps his off field antics away from his job…

  45. phillyphever says: Mar 5, 2012 7:14 AM

    1) Looks like the Eagles have a blueprint to help extend McCoy before he hits the market next year.

    2) Red Bryant, better prepare yourself with the franchise tag.

  46. burgundyandgold says: Mar 5, 2012 8:11 AM

    The whole Seattle fans “beast mode” thing is kind of cute. When I went to a Skins game there the fans were into it, respectful and nice. However, it was kind of like watching a game with a bunch of 10 year olds who have not yet developed a real passion for the game but try to mimic what they see there parents do. Nothing against the Seattle fan but they need a little maturation before they can be considered true fans. They should probably look to the Seattle Sounders for inspiration (or the Portland Timbers).

  47. trollhammer20 says: Mar 5, 2012 8:47 AM

    Here’s what I think will happen now:

    Red Bryant will be given the franchise tag. Yes, it’s very expensive to sign a DE to a franchise tag deal, and it will tie up a lot of cap space until the long-term deal is made.

    David Hawthorne will be allowed to test the waters of free agency. He is a good player, but more replaceable than Bryant at this point. The team can move KJ Wright to the middle, or give consideration to drafting Luke Kechley (sp?) of Boston College, and leaving Wright outside.

    If Bryant is allowed to walk, expect them to give strong consideration to Devon Still, DE, Penn State.

  48. scadevage says: Mar 5, 2012 9:16 AM

    One of the top 5 hardest runners in the league … Hopefully it wasnt just a “contract year ” performance .

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