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.