After leading the NFL in touchdowns in 2014, the Seahawks are eager to keep Marshawn Lynch around, no matter the cost.
Seattle Seahawks GM John Schneider is eager to get a decision from All-Pro RB Marshawn Lynch as to whether he plans to play again in 2015.
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Schneider told 710 ESPN radio that Lynch hasn’t informed them yet if he plans to return to the team in 2015, but they hope he will announce his decision to them soon so in the event he does leave they can start finding his potential replacement sooner.
The Seahawks had been rumored to be working on a contract extension with Lynch prior to their 28-24 loss to the Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX. Lynch’s current deal gives him a $5 million base salary, plus $2 million in per-game roster bonuses and up to $500,000 in incentives based on rushing yards.
According to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times, Schneider said the Seahawks know a decision from Lynch on playing next season “may not happen overnight.”
Lynch held out in training camp before the start of the 2014 season, and was granted a pay raise from $5 million to $6.5 million to return to the Seahawks.
Lynch would reward the Seahawks for their acquiescence by leading the league in rushing TDs for the second year in a row and helping the team overcome a two-game deficit late in the season to win the NFC West division title and dominate in the NFC playoffs en route to their second straight NFC Championship.
Since joining the Seahawks in 2010, Lynch has recorded 5,930 rushing yards and 54 rushing TDs for the team. His 5,357 rushing yards since 2011 are the most in the NFL, as are his 48 rushing TDs and 56 total TDs.