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Lynch and Seahawks are Not Close to a New Deal

There’s been reports that the Hawks and RB Marshawn Lynch were close to a new contract, but now Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk reports that the team and the back are not close to getting something done.

If they don’t it looks like the Seahawks will have to put the franchise tag on the running back, which will have to be done by March 5th.

The franchise tender is projected to be worth around $7.778 million in guaranteed base salary in 2012. Lynch earned $2.14 million in 2011, the final year of a five-year rookie contract that included $10.285 million in guaranteed money and was worth a maximum of $18.935 million.

Acquiring Lynch from the Buffalo Bills was a lengthy process for then first-year general manager John Schneider, who parted ways with a pair of future draft choices to the former Cal standout. In 15 games in his second season with the Seahawks, Lynch set career-highs with 285 carries for 1,204 yards and 12 touchdowns, earning Pro Bowl honors for the second time in his career.

In 27 games since joining the Seahawks, Lynch has 1,777 yards and 18 touchdowns after running for 2,765 yards and 17 touchdowns in three-plus seasons with the Bills.

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