Marshawn Lynch, also known as Beastmode, has been an incredible asset for the Seattle Seahawks since 2010. The Seahawks traded a 2011 fourth-round draft pick and a 2012 fifth-round draft pick to the Buffalo Bills in order to get the Pro Bowl running back.
In the first season with the Seahawks, Lynch had 573 rushing yards, averaging 3.5 yards per carry. He had six touchdowns, including a 67-yard rushing touchdown in the Divisional Playoff game against the New Orleans Saints. He has rushed for more than 1,000 yards and has had at least 11 touchdowns in each of the past three seasons.
There is no doubt that Lynch has delivered during his 4-year, $30 million contract that began in 2012. His contract ends in 2015, and I don’t see the Seahawks resigning him.
There are several reasons why the Seahawks will not extend Lynch’s contract. It is rumored he is threatening to skip mandatory minicamp. If he does not attend, he will be fined $70,000. He obviously wants more money than his current contract offers. With salary cap restrictions and Lynch’s current contract counting for $7 million, along with Russell Wilson’s rookie contract expiring after the 2014 season, it is not likely the Seahawks can pay Lynch what he wants.
While Lynch did not participate in organized team activities, Robert Turbin and Christine Michael showed the Seahawks their capabilities. Both guys have spent a couple years learning from Lynch. Michael has shown he can run like Lynch by cutting back and breaking multiple tackles to make his way down the middle of the field.
Because next year’s draft is projected to be loaded with running backs, I would not be surprised if Lynch ends up retiring or is traded to another team. It is rumored he told two teammates earlier in the 2013 season he would think of retirement if the Seahawks won a Super Bowl. With Turbin or Michael as a starter and the other as the backup, the Seahawks will be able to draft a third-string running back for a lot less money. By signing a rookie running back instead of extending Lynch’s contract, the Seahawks will save a tremendous amount of money.