Breaking: Per Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Seattle Seahawks and Marshawn Lynch have agreed on a new deal.
Spotted on plane on way to SEA, Marshawn Lynch has decided to return to NFL; he and Seattle have reached agreement on new deal, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 6, 2015
No terms have been released yet and we will update this post as more information becomes available. Stay tuned to Pro Player Insiders as more news and information comes down as NFL free agency approaches.
Per John Clayton of ESPN, the deal is worth $11 million dollars with a $9 million dollar signing bonus, a $1 million dollar roster bonus and a $1 million salary.
It’s now official and here is the official press release. It’s actually a two year extension worth $24 million dollars in new money with a potential payout of $31 million over the next three years. It carries salaries of $12 million in 2015, $9 million in 2016 and $10 million in 2017.
Lynch of course was very much at the center of discussion over the past few years because of his desire to avoid the media. Then there was the ill fated decision not to hand Lynch the ball in Superbowl XLIX when Seattle had the ball on second down at the one yard line.
Lynch had discussed retirement at various points during the 2014 season but this deal will squash that talk. That’s a lot of up front money for the running back who will turn 29 on April 22. Lynch had back issues during the 2014 season and likely wants to return for one more shot at another ring.
The former California running back was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft, pick number twelve. Following almost four drama filled years in Buffalo, the Bills traded him to Seattle during the 2010 season for two future picks.
The players the Bills ultimately selected? Chris Hairston and Tank Carder.
The trade has worked out well for both Seattle and Lynch with Pete Carroll being the perfect coach for him. In Seattle, Lynch has won two NFC Championships, a Superbowl, and could be in line for one more Superbowl win.
Along the way, he has racked up not only yardage and touchdowns but a number of accolades. He has been to the Pro Bowl every since except 2010. He has been a first Team All Pro as well as a second team All Pro. The list goes on.
Congratulations to Seattle and to Lynch and good luck this next season! You can follow the Seahawks on twitter at @Seahawks and follow Lynch on twitter at @MoneyLynch.
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