At midseason, there were many rumblings that the Seahawks and Lynch were ready to move on from one another. Coach Pete Carroll admitted Lynch was still upset over his contract and said, “We are working through it.”
Well, if a report by NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport is to be believed, the Hawks have worked through it and are now interested in giving Lynch a contract extension.
This report is much more credible than the one Rapoport put out there two weeks ago. This one says the Hawks are willing to pay Lynch more than $10 million in 2015 in a multi-year deal that would pay him more than any running back other than Adrian Peterson and would keep the 28-year-old in Seattle for the rest of his career.
LeSean McCoy’s deal with the Eagles is worth five years and $45 million, with $20 million guaranteed.
Lynch will be 29 next season, so it is hard to see the Seahawks giving him an extension that lasts more than three years. That would put him at 32 by the end, which seems to be the upper limit for a guy who often deals with back and stomach issues.
He is due $7 million, including a $2 million roster bonus, in 2015 in the last year of a four-year, $31 million contract.
The Hawks could replace the $2 million roster bonus with a $6 million signing bonus — paying out $11 million in 2015 — and add three years. That could mean $27 million in new money — the same average as McCoy’s deal — with perhaps $18 million guaranteed over the first two years.
Last week, Carroll listed Lynch first when talking about the Hawks keeping their core players. Apparently he meant it.
Now it looks like it is up to Lynch whether he returns in 2015 and beyond.