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Source: Lynch gets $17 million fully guaranteed

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Initial reports of the contract signed by Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch indicated that the four-year, $31 million deal included $18 million guaranteed.  Lately, the real guaranteed money on signing has turned out to be roughly half of the reported amount.

Though we’ve yet to see the official Lynch numbers with our own two (as opposed to three) eyes, a source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that Lynch’s contract promises $17 million fully guaranteed on signing.

It comes in the form of a $6 million signing bonus, a $4 million base salary in 2012 that is fully guaranteed for skill, injury, and cap purposes, and a $7 million base salary in 2013 that also is fully guaranteed for skill, injury, and cap purposes.  (Which means that owner Paul Allen must set aside the $7 million to be paid next year now.)

The remaining $1 million in guaranteed money applies to a portion of his 2014 base salary, which is guaranteed for injury only.

In 2014, the full base salary is $5 million, with a $500,000 per-game roster bonuses and a $500,000 incentive for rushing for 1,500 yards.

The 2015 base salary is $5.5 million, with $2 million in per-game roster bonuses and $500,000 in incentives.

With a veteran running, no one ever knows when the end will comes.  For Lynch, he’ll at least have $17 million (after taxes, unless Freddie Mitchell handles his 1040), regardless of when his career is over.

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18 Responses to “Source: Lynch gets $17 million fully guaranteed”
  1. Mary Jane says: Mar 7, 2012 7:31 AM

    That is an awful lot to spend on a guy with an inconsistent track record.

  2. nomoreseasontix says: Mar 7, 2012 7:31 AM

    Big risk, and a lot of skittles….

  3. inthearex says: Mar 7, 2012 7:33 AM

    Grossly overpaid. Have to be shrewd when it comes to paying running backs.

  4. burm61 says: Mar 7, 2012 7:50 AM

    Too bad he will be healthy for about a quarter of this deal.

  5. hawknuts says: Mar 7, 2012 8:29 AM

    face of the franchise=$$$$$$$$$

  6. snoqualmieterry says: Mar 7, 2012 8:36 AM

    We paid Sydney Rice 41 million. I feel a lot better about Lynchs contract. I have no clue why some question his effort.. He has worked his butt off as a Seahawk. He fights for every yard.

  7. duanethomas says: Mar 7, 2012 8:40 AM

    “Unless Freddie Mitchell handles his 1040″. Sweet Call.

  8. bucsballer says: Mar 7, 2012 8:47 AM

    Tom Brady sucks

  9. t2live says: Mar 7, 2012 9:05 AM

    Running backs are a dime a dozen. He had a decent year but I’m not sure giving him that contract was the best course. I wouldve tagged him and see what he did in 2012 and then if the results were good gave him a bigger contract.

  10. joenamath12 says: Mar 7, 2012 9:12 AM

    Not overpaid at all!

    If you franchise Lynch for the next two years, you know much that costs? Around 16-17 million in guaranteed money!!? So why is this any different?

    Seahawks need Lynch and this saves money in the short-term and keeps one their best players happy.

    Lynch has been a model citizen since leaving Buffalo and was the heart-and-soul of the team last year.

    Read Jay Glazer and Doug Farrar (people who actually spend time around NFL players)’s tweets when he signed and they loved the deal for Seattle.

    Marshawn is a huge factor in the locker room and brings up other players around him. Look at that baltimore game this year when he single-handily closed out the game.

    Some people are stuck in their close-minded attitudes and miss the logic.

  11. joetoronto says: Mar 7, 2012 9:29 AM

    He sure looked good when he was playing for a new contract.

  12. fringetastic says: Mar 7, 2012 10:08 AM

    “In 2014, the full base salary is $5 million, with a $500,000 per-game roster bonuses and a $500,000 incentive for rushing for 1,500 yards.”

    Uhh… is there an extra zero in that per-game roster bonus?!

  13. ronniemexico says: Mar 7, 2012 10:26 AM

    Another daggar in the back for Matt Forte

  14. tombradyallday says: Mar 7, 2012 10:27 AM

    lynch ran through 17 new orleans saints two years ago in the playoffs on the td run. one million dollars per saint

  15. nineroutsider says: Mar 7, 2012 11:51 AM

    I’m a 9er fan (but a Cal fan) and I’m laughing at all of the hate. Lynch is an absolute beast and the Seahawks, as much as I hate to say it, did well to resign him. Lynch is one of the hardest runners I’ve seen in a while; I have a ton of respect for him. He scored the first rushing TD against the 9ers in 29 or 30 games. He runs hard every time he touches the ball and he’s a great fit up there. Too bad my 9ers have to see him twice a year for the next half-decade at least.

  16. jpaq68 says: Mar 7, 2012 11:55 AM

    Big contract or no big contract, I still wouldn’t leave $20 out in plain view around this guy.

  17. trollhammer20 says: Mar 7, 2012 12:43 PM

    Seattle just signed the toughest running back currently playing in the NFL, to a contract that will end about one month short of his thirtieth birthday.

    I suppose the “contract year” argument may be fair, unless and until Lynch proves otherwise, but aside from that argument, which is based on pure conjecture, how is this a bad move for Seattle, exactly?

  18. bflobacker says: Mar 7, 2012 6:57 PM

    Just think of all the booze he can sneak into bars with, with that kind of scratch.

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