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As expected, Seahawks aren’t expected to pursue Marshawn’s signing bonus

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After Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch literally hung up his cleats, the Seahawks publicly lavished him with praise. Privately or publicly, the Seahawks would say nothing about whether the team would seek repayment of $5 million in signing bonus money.

The silence from both sides on the subject of possibly repayment led logically to the conclusion that he’d keep the money. After all, the three-year deal negotiated a year ago when Lynch was considering retirement for the second straight offseason came with an understanding that he’d quite possibly play only one more year. The $7.5 million signing bonus was a cap-management device in 2015, with $5 million pushed into a future year.

Now, under a headline that suggests more clarity than does the accompanying story, NFL.com reports that the Seahawks aren’t expected to seek repayment of the money.

The real question becomes whether the wink-nod understanding that Lynch will keep the $5 million hinges on him not unretiring later this year or otherwise trying to finagle his way to another city. It’s one thing for the Seahawks to let the player keep that kind of cash if he is truly done. It’s quite another for them to hand him a huge financial parting gift and he then watch him try to resurface with another team.

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23 Responses to “As expected, Seahawks aren’t expected to pursue Marshawn’s signing bonus”
  1. i thumbs down your comment says: Feb 17, 2016 6:07 PM

    Guy helped bring the 1st lombardi trophy to your franchise. Good for Seattle

  2. mongo3401 says: Feb 17, 2016 6:14 PM

    He would have brought two Lombardi trophies to the franchise if they had just handed him the ball at the 1 yard line.

  3. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says: Feb 17, 2016 6:19 PM

    His retirement saves $6.5 million off the cap. Now the poor, cap-strapped Seahawks have a mere $30 million to play with after paying… well, practically everybody. How will they keep the window open?

  4. granadafan says: Feb 17, 2016 6:30 PM

    Marshawn is a great example of why you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover. Some look at the dreads, the grill on his teeth, and the way he talks. I had a chance to work with him at CAL and in his foundation. He’s a VERY loyal person and quite bright. Unlike many athletes, he actually went to class and took it seriously. You’ll never see him on ESPN 30 for 30: Broke Athletes as he was very careful with his money. Lynch hasn’t spent much of his salary and instead choosing to live off endorsements. No hustlers are going to swindle him with shady deals or rap albums. He takes care of family and a close circle of friends, but makes them earn the money and not just give it to them, except his mother. She earned it long ago by raising him the right way.

  5. fmckenney says: Feb 17, 2016 6:37 PM

    Marshawn deserves everything he got…he more than earned every penny…oh by the way, we won’t have to suffer these Patriot fans crap anymore…they are officially toast.

  6. ariani1985 says: Feb 17, 2016 6:43 PM

    Now that the window has closed will they go after Forte?

  7. krm62015 says: Feb 17, 2016 6:45 PM

    Why do people keep bringing up Lynch trying to go to another team. The Seahawks have his rights for 2 more playing years. This is why you have to file paperwork to retire. You cannot just retire in Feb. while under contract from one team and be on the field for another in Sept. without a trade taking place. Writers keep saying this, but they are wrong. Seattle let him keep his money because he left it out on the field every time he suited up. Not to mention this makes other players consider playing for Seattle because of how they treat their players.

  8. randy8123 says: Feb 17, 2016 6:48 PM

    His retirement saves $6.5 million off the cap. Now the poor, cap-strapped Seahawks have a mere $30 million to play with after paying… well, practically everybody. How will they keep the window open?

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    Yep. Except for the small detail that they have $97m tied up in ten guys (only one of whom plays offense) next year. Aaaaand they only have 22 guys signed into next year. Total. So that means they have to sign at least 31 guys using – if we are generous with the cap increase – $60m aka $2m/per. Good luck with that. The window may be open, but its the drivers side window of a car going 100mph towards a cliff.

  9. chawk12thman says: Feb 17, 2016 7:19 PM

    This is actually a report on a comment made by a reporter who repeats what was previously reported…..Not sure until Lynch turns in retirement paperwork or the team makes a move to cut him or perhaps at least a press release given out by either party, I don’t see this needing to be rehashed……

    Yes; I do believe Lynch will not be a Seahawk next season and will ultimately retire. I also believe from a business stand point that there will be an agreement on how best to have Lynch “retire” so all interests are protected.

  10. doggeatdogg says: Feb 17, 2016 8:00 PM

    I don’t think he has ever gotten over that 1 yard and win the SB situation.

  11. radrntn says: Feb 17, 2016 8:13 PM

    parting gift????..bottom line they would have released him anyway, and paid him that money….they probably each made a deal that he could quit, rather than be fired (more or less)

    Go Raiders! Go Beast Mode! I bet you would look great in Silver and Black my brother.

  12. bleedingfacemask says: Feb 17, 2016 8:52 PM

    randy8123 says:
    Feb 17, 2016 6:48 PM

    Yep. Except for the small detail that they have $97m tied up in ten guys (only one of whom plays offense) next year. Aaaaand they only have 22 guys signed into next year. Total.
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    Yep. Except for the small detail that they have 90M tied up in ten guys (only three of whom plays offense) aaaaand they have 30 guys signed into next year…or years, for most of them.

    Small details.

  13. realtruthteller100 says: Feb 17, 2016 10:57 PM

    he should donate all that money to charity or toward paying down the $20 trillion national debt.

  14. fmckenney says: Feb 17, 2016 11:03 PM

    Ariani1985…you, a died in the wool 49er fan, telling hawk fans that their window has closed….wow, whose got it better than you? EVERYBODY!!!!

  15. Ugadogs21 says: Feb 17, 2016 11:03 PM

    Golden Parachute for Beast Mode

  16. jmethane says: Feb 17, 2016 11:05 PM

    Trolls are always hoping the wheels fall off but once again the Hawks show how it is done the right way.

    So excited to see Rawls take over next year. Graham coming back, new pieces on the offensive line…let’s go!

  17. jake6879 says: Feb 17, 2016 11:21 PM

    2 words.. Barry Sanders..

  18. milkcan44 says: Feb 17, 2016 11:24 PM

    Granadafan – you sound like a Public Relations Agency for Lynch.
    I’m betting less than 50/50 that he like most of these guys still has the $5 million, so trying to get it back is a moot point.

  19. geicocaveman says: Feb 17, 2016 11:32 PM

    Good luck Lynch.

  20. harrisonhits2 says: Feb 17, 2016 11:40 PM

    “He would have brought two Lombardi trophies to the franchise if they had just handed him the ball at the 1 yard line.”

    Far from a guarantee. The reason they called the pass play was most likely they gave Lynch the ball 5 times last season on 4th and 1 and he only got the first down once.

  21. aljack88 says: Feb 18, 2016 5:37 AM

    granadafan – great post. Not a ‘hawks’ fan but I’ve always admired the Beast when running in full mode.

  22. jayhawk777 says: Feb 18, 2016 5:40 PM

    NFL films just released the top 10 all time power backs and BEAST finished #9. After watching the accompanying highlights, only Jim Brown, Earl Campbell and Jerome Bettis compare. I guess #2, the diesel was impressive, too. Beast to the HOF.

  23. Marsh1976 says: Feb 18, 2016 5:52 PM

    “I’m betting less than 50/50 that he like most of these guys still has the $5 million, so trying to get it back is a moot point.”

    Reports are that he still has all the $49 million he’s earned from the NFL up to this point. Hasn’t spent a dime, just living on his endorsements up until now. Guess you lose your bet.

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