No Marshawn Lynch deal yet, perhaps ever

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Despite a report that the Seahawks and running back Marshawn Lynch have agreed to a deal, they haven’t.

Agent Doug Hendrickson has said on Twitter, and he has separately told PFT, that no agreement is in place.  Hendrickson acknowledge that the two sides are negotiating.

“There is no deal,” Hendrickson said.  “We are talking.”

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports initially reported that a deal is in place.  After Hendrickson said there isn’t, La Canfora has backpedaled faster than Darrell Green, claiming that he continues to hear that the Seahawks have an offer on the table that “will result in a deal.”

He’s wrong.  It may result in a deal, but there’s no guarantee that it will.  That’s because Lynch is unpredictable, and there’s always a chance he’ll decide not to sign the contract.  Especially now that word has gotten out that a deal is done when a deal isn’t done.

Lynch could try to get even more than whatever may be on the table, or Lynch may retire.  If he does, the Seahawks would be able to get $1.5 million back from Lynch in signing bonus money paid to him in 2012.

76 responses to “No Marshawn Lynch deal yet, perhaps ever

  1. The fist time Lynch signed an extension he took the paperwork for the deal and just kept it at his house for 2 or 3 weeks until he finally felt like signing it. Get ’em Beast!

  2. Bye. Wouldn’t miss him at all.

    Egomaniacal antics outweigh athletics.

    Anyone who thinks they’re bigger than the game, should either change or go.

  3. As a Seahawks fan I am sure that the Hawks will survive with or without Lynch. The quesstion is whether Lynch can thrive without the Seahawks.

  4. No running back is gonna turn down 12 million first year. He’ll just hold out cause he doesn’t like camp

  5. The question is can Seattle do anything without Lynch. Without him you have no running game, and without a running game no passing game.Seattle goes 8-8, 9-7 without him.

  6. Seattle, Keeps Lynch, Wilson, pays them both. Seattle then begins to pinch at cap space, failing to add depth to their recieving unit, and lose Maxwell, leaving the man slot at disposal. Cannot rely on Wilson and Lynch forever, staying one dimensional will not work in the league, it has been proven.

    Learn to play the cap game, or learn very quickly that the cap game will play you, and your team.

  7. Lynch is not the next Barry Sanders. He will not retire in his prime. 7.5M per years for 2 years. 5M signing bonus. 1M bonus for OTA’s, 1.5M bonus for training camp. Deal is done.

  8. Lynch is a beast. The closest thing we’ve seen since Walter Payton. Nobody has reminded me of the great Payton until this guy came along. He’s not Walter, but he’s a darn good RB.

  9. armchairqb says:
    Feb 21, 2015 9:21 PM
    If got the ball on 2nd down … Seahawks win. Just sayin’ …
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    Or he could have been stuffed behind the line forcing them to use their final timeout. Or, he could have fumbled and been the goat (he would have handled that far worse than Wilson) It is easy to second guess after the facts are known but your conclusion is pure speculation.

  10. So a sportswriter says there’s a deal, the agent says there’s no deal yet, and somehow this is Marshawn’s “antics?” It makes you wonder what kind of rusty gears and faulty wiring there are in some people’s minds.

  11. While Lynch is an incredible player, no one else will pay as much as Seattle for his services, so he will sign before the draft so that the Seahawks don’t replace him with an early pick (this is a good draft for the RB position).

  12. PFT sure it’s having a ball painting Lynch as this borderline crazy self absorbed diva. And people wonder why he hates the media.

  13. Everyone perpetually asking him questions is the reason he pines for the attention, he won’t quit $7 M & securing his other $1.5 M. No way, no how.

  14. paul82461 says:
    Feb 21, 2015 9:17 PM
    The question is can Seattle do anything without Lynch. Without him you have no running game, and without a running game no passing game.Seattle goes 8-8, 9-7 without him.

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    Love these football experts on Pro Football Talk’s boards, who last year predicted the same record for us WITH Lynch!

  15. Thank goodness we’ve got all these fantasy football and Madden nerds negotiating contracts on the Internet these days. We no longer have to pay for actual football minds or actual front offices.

  16. mkelly534 says:Feb 21, 2015 9:04 PM

    As a Seahawks fan I am sure that the Hawks will survive with or without Lynch. The quesstion is whether Lynch can thrive without the Seahawks
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    I think it’s more like … can the media and trolls survive without Lynch

  17. Lynch isn’t worth his 12 million or even 10 million he wants. Russell Wilson is worth every penny over 20million per year so lynch needs to accept his role on a team that still needs lots of help on offense WR & TE both extremely disappointing on Seattle & Lynch is already in top 5 or 8 RBs for his contract value. Learn to live with that and you’ll keep making the SB until Wilson-Lynch pair is broken or force the money outta Seattle and wither and die with a team that has sub par offense or retire and watch Seattle try to replace Lynch and just won’t be same. I wouldn’t pay Lynch anymore money. Demarco Murray is FA

  18. No one in the league drafts or manages the cap as well as Seattle does. They’ll be fine…

    See Patriots, New England. Most wins, most division titles, most playoff wins, most conference championships, most superbowl victories in the salary cap era.

    But to the 1-2s a few good drafts is all they think is important.

  19. nflrulebook says: Feb 21, 2015 10:10 PM

    No one in the league drafts or manages the cap as well as Seattle does. They’ll be fine…

    See Patriots, New England. Most wins, most division titles, most playoff wins, most conference championships, most superbowl victories in the salary cap era.

    But to the 1-2s a few good drafts is all they think is important.
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    And GB has the most SBs if you go back far enough.

    Who has been most successful the last three years? Or haven’t you been following that long?

    Who’s arguably been most successful since Carroll came back to the NFL and took over an old, sub .500 team?

    Stay jealous my friend.

  20. paul82461 says: Feb 21, 2015 9:17 PM

    The question is can Seattle do anything without Lynch. Without him you have no running game, and without a running game no passing game.Seattle goes 8-8, 9-7 without him.

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    Good points.

    Wilson is only the 16th best rusher in the NFL and leads YPC for the top 45.

    And Turbin only averaged 4.2 YPC.

    Stay jealous my friend.

  21. If I was the gm, I would make him an offer, but he has to sign at that moment. If he doesn’t, well your under contract for next year, so to bad so sad. Either you play or retire. Then start eying his replacement. (is he in this years draft or next years)

  22. News update from anchor Brian Williams

    Marshawn Lynch has requested a trade to the Juggernaut franchise The New England Patriots.

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    Williams: “I know this to be true because I flew into Boston with Lynch and witnessed Belichick & Kraft offering a contract.”

  23. realitycheckbaby says:
    Feb 21, 2015 10:29 PM

    And GB has the most SBs if you go back far enough.
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    Uh, football championships were not called Superbowls before 1967. You have 4 Superbowl wins. Which means you do not have the most Superbowl wins. Nobody cares what your team did back when the Titanic was still above water.

  24. realitycheckbaby says:
    Feb 21, 2015 10:29 PM
    nflrulebook says: Feb 21, 2015 10:10 PM

    No one in the league drafts or manages the cap as well as Seattle does. They’ll be fine…

    See Patriots, New England. Most wins, most division titles, most playoff wins, most conference championships, most superbowl victories in the salary cap era.

    But to the 1-2s a few good drafts is all they think is important.
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    And GB has the most SBs if you go back far enough.

    Who has been most successful the last three years? Or haven’t you been following that long?

    Who’s arguably been most successful since Carroll came back to the NFL and took over an old, sub .500 team?

    Stay jealous my friend.

    Seattle most positive ped test 2010-2013
    Keep cheating seattle

  25. kws001 says:
    Feb 21, 2015 10:04 PM
    No one in the league drafts or manages the cap as well as Seattle does. They’ll be fine…
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    The current GM and coach regime has been in place 5 years – their QB is under his initial low cost contract.

    Too early to call on cap management.

  26. LaConfora says the offer on the table “will result in a deal”. You say he is “wrong.”

    How can you possibly say such a thing?

    You don’t know that he is wrong any more than he knows he is right.

    Only time will tell. If he signs, you were wrong. If he doesn’t, LaConfora was wrong. Only time will tell.

  27. @realitycheck – stay jealous of what? One super bowl and a .500 record in super bowls? I don’t follow, so please help me understand what anyone would be jealous of?

  28. Nice to see all the cap space gurus out in full force. With all that knowledge, it makes perfect sense why you’re not working or any NFL team.

  29. I’m born and raised in New England and I don’t think Lynch is any drama, I think he will decide what he wants to do. I think he isn’t in any hurry and he will make a decision on what he wants, not what anyone else wants.

  30. He’s old. His coaches didn’t trust his noodle legs from the one yard line. He’s one and done in the SB. His back is so bad he’s one hit from a wheelchair. Good luck in cap hello after you pay him and Wilson. Time to rebuild…. Sound familiar?

  31. So… some of you don’t think Marshawn is worth 12 million or 20 over 2… but YOUR team will sign Dez Bryant to a larger contract… YOUR team will sign Suh to a larger contract (with a lot more guaranteed)… your team will renegotiate an over the hill receiver like ‘Zona did with Larry Fitzgerald and still be paid more then Marshawn…. and you’re sitting over there yapping that Marshawn isn’t worth that???? Are you kidding???

    Do any of you actually watch the games? I don’t mean the ‘regular ones’ just the ones that mean something. He is called the Beast for a reason.

    He won’t go away, unless his back is way more injured then anyone knows. I wouldn’t want him or expect him to play if a life changing injury is a real possibly.

  32. realitycheckbaby says:
    Who has been most successful the last three years? Or haven’t you been following that long?

    Who’s arguably been most successful since Carroll came back to the NFL and took over an old, sub .500 team?

    Stay jealous my friend
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    Ha! This funny, you are trying to school a Patriots fan on which team is better. You do know the Seahawks just lost the Super Bowl to the Patriots??

    This is what is wrong about some Seahawk fans is that they are certain their team is now the best at everything and that they are entering a long period of dominance that will rewrite all the record books. Hey, nobody is saying they are not a strong club, but pump the brakes a little on the dynasty talk and acknowledge that there are some pretty great other teams out there, past and present.

  33. revren10 says:
    Feb 21, 2015 11:45 PM

    Seattle most positive ped test 2010-2013
    ___________________

    It’s 2015. No positive PED tests in two years…both years they made the Super Bowl.

    Keep spewing ignorance, revren10.

  34. Yeah, the Seahawks have been riding the gravy train while making the playoffs in all 3 years of Russell Wilson’s (3rd round) rookie contract. 2 Super Bowls, winning one. Not bad. Not bad at all.
    Things do get much more complicated now, but it’s laughable that so many of you now think the gig is up & that the party’s over. Pete & John have been preparing for this situation for a couple years and a plan is in place. You think they’re being blindsided by the harsh reality of the salary cap? That’s funny.
    Where you’re all mistaken is they won’t be “learning” anything. They’ll be teaching, so you best hope you’re GM is paying attention because class is about to be in session.

  35. Lynch is by NO means ignorant as you say tfootball.He does,however have severe back issues that may affect his playing ability.Pro Football has not been very reliable in most of the stuff it reports.Don’t believe he is holding out for more money.The only thing that will keep him from doing what he loves is his health.

  36. As a Hawks fan ive come to understand by trying to understand that none of us (even his team mates) have any clue what he’s going to do. Paint any scenario and I wouldn’t be shocked. The fact is Pete and John know this and are prepared either way. We do know what they DON’T want and that’s for 24 to play for someone else. That’s why the offer is there and keep in mind he’s under contract this year. They have thrown down thier cards and are allowing Marshawn to make a decision on his terms. I do think this team can run the ball with 22 and 33 and that was the plan last year during the hold out.

  37. Which is more plausible: LaCanfora’s conference that a deal will get done, or PFT’s idea that Lynch’s unpredictability may result in a deal “never” getting done?

  38. Lynch isn’t going anywhere. He has two choices- play the last year of his contract, or retire. If he retires, he can’t do anything in the NFL until 2016. Who’s going to sign an RB on the wrong side if 30 who’s taken a year off?

  39. pficc says:
    Feb 22, 2015 9:06 AM
    Lynch isn’t going anywhere. He has two choices- play the last year of his contract, or retire. If he retires, he can’t do anything in the NFL until 2016. Who’s going to sign an RB on the wrong side if 30 who’s taken a year off?

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    Agree he isn’t going anywhere and if he retired or sat out the season, he actually would remain the property of the Seahawks.

    The huge dollar, contract extension offer by the Seahawks is also very interesting and strategic. They are putting significant money on the table knowing that in order for Lynch to ever play for a team like Oakland, his hometown, he would have to play out this coming season for the 7M base salary. It would be very hard to leave the 3-5M on the table by not signing the extension………especially when you get much of the money immediately upon signing…..

    Lynch will sign the extension, take the money and play the next two years for Seattle. The Cap Hit will increase this year, which can be absorbed without any real issues.

  40. Seattle is in no rush to make a deal. After all, as we saw during the Super Bowl, the coaching staff doesn’t consider Lynch a pivotal part of the offense, at least not when the game is on the line.

  41. They’d better hope Lynch re-signs.

    Turbin has potential, but Lynch is a proven difference-maker with his ability to shed tackles like no one I’ve seen in a long time. Anyone who thinks Turbin could replace one of the best in the game is speculating a whole lot. The 4.2 yds/carry statistic is from a very small sample size–the odds he becomes as good as Lynch are very remote, and maybe they don’t need him to be, but on this team they need the Wilson/RB option attack to work if they want to challenge for the title every year.

    I just don’t think their offense is nearly the same without Lynch, and it’s average now. Wilson would have to round his game out more as he matures from a guy that leaves the pocket to create, into a true dominant pocket passer.

  42. Don’t care if he’s signed the contract or not, it just confirms that he’s not retiring. If he were in fact retiring at this stage it would still give us plenty of time to sign Adrian Peterson !!! Sign or NOT, although it’s awesome to potentially have the “Beast” coming back at this point.

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