Seahawks lock up Lynch in the 11th hour
Lynch, coming off the best season of his career, will be guaranteed $18m in a 4-year, $31-million deal finally agreed upon by both parties Sunday evening; the day before the Hawks would have otherwise been forced to slap the franchise tag on him.
This will open up options for them to use their tag on another one of the potential UFAs Seattle is hopeful not to lose. Those players included on the list are Red Bryant and Michael Robinson (both of whom Seattle is trying to re-sign), Raheem Brock, David Hawthorne, Anthony Hargrove, John Carlson, Atari Bigby, and Matt McCoy, among others.
Seahawks veterans also coming up on free agency but unlikely to re-sign are: Leroy Hill; doubtful after his third and latest arrest, and Justin Forsett, whose lack of productivity will be a factor.
Marshawn Lynch rushed for a career high 1204-yds and 12 touchdowns last season. If he can keep even close to those numbers and stay on the track he found physically and mentally, the Seahawks just made a great deal with a young power back with a few years left in the tank.
No word yet on whether Skittles were included in the deal or not.