Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has put his value to the team on display in back-to-back 100-yard rushing performances the past two weeks.
We’ll soon find out how much Lynch means to the Seahawks. The former Cal star technically is signed through 2012, but he has already reached minimal playing-time requirements to void the final year of his contract, making him a free agent at the end of this season. Lynch is earning a base salary of $2.14 million this season.
According to a league source, representatives for the Seahawks and Lynch have had preliminary discussions in an effort to set the parameters for a multi-year contract.
Lynch, 25, had two 1,000-yard rushing seasons in his first four years in the NFL. With 507 yards so far in his fifth season and seven games remaining to play, it’s not inconceivable that he could reach 1,000 yards this season, becoming Seattle’s first 1,000-yard rusher since Shaun Alexander ran for 1,880 in an MVP performance in 2005.
Lynch said he likes playing in Seattle.
“The team is cool,” Lynch said. “I had relationships with people before I got here. The new relationships that I have made – we’ve got great people here. And the offensive line coming together and T-Jack (Tarvaris Jackson) taking control – there’s some real good things going on around here that I like. So it’s cool with me.”
He said he’s not concerned with contract talks right now.
“This is the place where I’m at right now,” Lynch said. “And I’m excited about finishing this thing out.”
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