After a career year with the Seattle Seahawks in 2011, running back Marshawn Lynch is now guaranteed to remain in town for at least one more season. Seahawks GM John Schneider confirmed that the team will either re-sign Lynch or franchise him this spring.
“We’re having great discussions,” Schneider told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer today. “There’s no animosity at all. It’s good dialogue.”
Lynch rushed for career highs of 1,204 yards and 12 touchdowns last year in his first full season with the Seahawks, making just over $3 million. He's due for a huge raise -- if the Seahawks franchise him this spring, he will make nearly $8 million next season.
Lynch is far from the only free agent on the Seahawks' to-do list this offseason -- they're also working on defensive end Red Bryant, linebacker David Hawthorne, fullback Michael Robinson, linebacker Leroy Hill and tight end John Carlson. "Things are going well," Schneider said. "There’s no panic. We want Red back. We want Marshawn back. If they decide to go somewhere else, that’s a bummer. But they know how we feel about them and they know we’ve been busting our tails trying to get them signed."