8:02pm: Hendrickson is clear to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk: “There is no deal,” Hendrickson said. “We are talking.” Lynch has not signed a deal, and given his mercurial nature, Florio writes there’s no guarantee that he will.
7:42pm: The Seahawks have a new deal in place with running back Marshawn Lynch, league sources tell Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com (Twitter link), who expects the contract to be formally announced in the coming days. While Lynch’s agent, Doug Hendrickson, tweets that no in agreement is in place as of yet, La Canfora reports (via Twitter) that Seattle’s offer (reported earlier by Rand Getlin of Yahoo! Sports) will result in a deal being reached. Meanwhile, Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports says (Twitter link) that nothing between the two parties is imminent, so it sounds like this is a fluid situation.
If La Canfora is correct, Lynch will earn $12MM in 2015 and $9MM in 2016, though the Seahawks understand that the 28-year-old could retire after the upcoming season (link). Lynch had been scheduled to earn a $5MM base salary in ’15 — combined with his $1MM bonus proration and a $2MM roster bonus, he would have counted $8.5MM against the cap. “Beast Mode” has recently contemplated retirement, and reports have indicated that his back troubles could ultimately lead him to hang up his cleats. But if the hangup on his decision is money, this new pact should be enough for Lynch to hold off on retirement for at least more season.
The Seahawks went through a protracted contract dispute with Lynch prior to last season, but the two sides ultimately inked a new deal that guaranteed the running back $6.5MM. Lynch went on to rush for than 1,300 yards and 13 touchdowns, catching another 37 passes out of the backfield as Seattle made its second consecutive Super Bowl. If the Seahawks are able to work out a new pact with Lynch, they’ll presumably turn their attention to extending other notable players such as Russell Wilson and Bobby Wagner.