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Marshawn Lynch headed to Pro Bowl

Post by Eric Williams on Jan. 24, 2012 at 3:57 pm with 36 Comments »
January 24, 2012 3:57 pm
Seattle Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch runs in for a touchdown past Philadelphia Eagles' Nate Allen in the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

The Seattle Seahawks announced this afternoon that running back Marshawn Lynch was added to the NFL Pro Bowl roster, the fifth player headed to Hawaii for the Seahawks this year. Lynch replaces San Francisco running back Frank Gore, who will not play in the game because of an illness.

Lynch set career highs in rushing yards (1,204), carries (285) and rushing touchdowns (12) this season. Lyncb also set a franchise record with at least one touchdown in 11-straight games, breaking Shaun Alexander’s 2005 record of nine. Lynch became Seattle’s first 1,000-yard rusher since Alexander set a club record in 2005.

Lynch joins cornerback Brandon Browner, safety Kam Chancellor, fullback Michael Robinson and safety Earl Thomas. Seattle’s five representatives are the most since sending seven after the 2005 season.

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  1. We love Marshawn! Way to go, man.

  2. Just don’t tear an ACL and lose out on millions. No way I’d play in that game if I were a free agent RB.

  3. The Skins may be interested in RGIII:

    One thing I have always admired about the Mannings is they seem pretty close as a family. I can’t see Peyton wanting to be in Eli’s division (especially on an inferior team at his advanced age). I don’t see it happening (after thinking about it more from the link above).

    I see the Fish, as has been documented, being interested in Manning. If he goes there, that may leave Flynn as competion between the Seahawks and Browns. People here keep talking about how they don’t think this regime will overspend, but I don’t see Holmgren and Tom Heckert as “overspenders” either. If the Seahawks and Browns don’t overspend and if the Skins and Fish end up with RGIII and Manning, then who is going to, indeed, overspend?

  4. freedom_X says:

    In principle I would agree, but in practice, all it takes is one irrational owner. It’s magnified by the high profile of the QB position.

    Different sport, but the Prince Fielder signing is proof of that. If Manning goes to Miami, it will probably be another example (publicity-minded owner goes for another big splash.)

    There have to be more teams looking for a QB than just these 4, who would pay big $$$. If Flynn is that good, he’ll get the money and more. I tend to be in the crowd that doesn’t think he’s as great a prospect as some think, but if Schneider thinks he’s worth the $$$$ I’d be all for that.

    But if Schneider won’t spend big $$$$ for Flynn, I won’t criticize him either. I’ve head a lot that Seattle would rather groom their own QB from the ground up, which lends credence to why they consistently support Jackson.

    Mike Shanahan has to be in super solid with Synder to make that big move up, because he won’t see the rewards of that for at least 1 season. He has to be certain he’ll survive another non-playoff year if he sacrifices what it will take to move up to #2.

  5. Dukeshire says:

    I’m curious; where does the narrative that Cleveland is in the market for a QB come from? While Holmgren isn’t the head coach, he seems like a perfect fit for him. That is a team that has no WRs to speak of, and is on the cusp of cutting Hillis (injuries…) leaving them very thin at RB as well. From where I sit, they have far bigger holes than QB. Although, there may be reports from either Holmgren and / or Heckert that are contrary to my view, and I’m simply unaware.

  6. Dukeshire says:

    *he*meaning McCoy…

  7. freedom_X says:

    It may be inference from Seattle fans that Holmgren puts a high priority on identifying and securing a QB for his team as a high priority. In contrast to Pete Carroll, we know that Holmgren values the QB very highly and views the position as critical. It takes a while to get a QB to play the Holmgren way, so the sooner he gets him, the better.

    The conjecture is – how happy is Holmgren with what he has now? From the outside looking in, it’s hard to imagine he thinks he has his man in McCoy. Now, if McCoy is just going through a early Hasselbeck growing pain, then maybe Holmgren is OK. But from a fan standpoint you’d have to think Holmgren would want more, and even in Seattle, Holmgren grabbed Dilfer and let him earn the starting job over Hasselbeck until that fateful preseason injury changed history for both QB’s.

  8. SeahawkFan12 says:

    THis is awesome for Marshawn. No pay the man and keep him in Seattle!

  9. I am actually surprised that Lynch only ran for 1200 yards this year. Sure seemed like he was gaining more than that – tells you how poor we were early in the year.

    If we would have had a good run game the whole season – WOW!!

  10. According to Seahawks pundit Scott Enyeart, the team has zero interest in Matt Flynn. Sorry, BobbyK.!/ScottEnyeart/status/161618150432063488!/ScottEnyeart/status/161618855066734592

  11. I look forward to cheering our Hawks on Sunday. It’s a long off season. My only worry is that Marshawn will be heavily recruited. Especially after he runs all over those guys. Hopefully we’ll get him under contract soon.

  12. Dukeshire says:

    xcman – Remember, he didn’t get 20+ carries until week 7. It’s not do much that they were bad, but that they didn’t give him the ball.

  13. JazBadAzz says:

    Thank you Canfan, wish that story would hurry up and die already. JS would have gotten him if he thought it was something there. Obviously he is a product of the system and he will struggle when he becomes a full time starter just like many other qb’s do every week. (I hope that guy is right btw)

  14. RDPoulsbo says:

    I’m sure Lynch would have a lot of interest in FA, but I think Seattle has the inside track regardless. He has gone through a miserable experience in Buffalo and now he’s on a team he likes. He knows the grass isn’t always greener, so I think he’s more inclined to stay unless the money from another team is insane.

    There’s a lot of rumblings that the Redskins will trade up with either St. Louis or Minnesota for RG3 and are a team willing to trade away tons of draft picks to get a guy. Cleveland has 2 1st round picks to move up as well so I see one of those teams getting RG3. I think a lot of people in Cleveland see in McCoy what we see in T-Jax. Ok, but not good enough.

    As for interest in Flynn, I don’t think the FO is saying a word because he’s still under contract and don’t want to be slapped with player tampering and they’re waiting to see what GB is going to do with their tag. Regardless of interest, it’s just not smart to talk about it right now. Even so, there’ll be enough interest out there that someone else will be willing to throw more money at him than Seattle would be willing to give.

  15. Ewalters7354 says:

    MarshawnLynch Lynch isn’t going anywhere thanks to the franchise tag!

  16. Flynn, I think, is the best answer. The dude is sick. BobbyK and others have talked me into it, plus that last game he had was ridiculous. I can’t see the Packs fanchising him, I heard if they do, he would end up making more than Rogers, which wouldn’t be wise, and he would still be a back up, it just doesn’t make since. Unless they think they could still trade him, but to me that’s to big of a gamble for them to bank on. Grab Flynn, keep the picks and work that magic baby, DE, WR, and OL/LB depth. I do think it would be cool if the Hawks could snag Polk in the second, but I don’t really think that’s a need for them at this point, still though, it would be cool.

  17. HawkfaninMT says:

    “The franchise tag is not believed to be an option for the Texans in retaining free agent Mario Williams.
    Williams earned $18 million in 2011. The mandatory franchise-tag raise would push his 2012 salary to a prohibitive $22.9 million, leaving Williams with quite a bit of leverage in contract talks. Williams’ preference is to stay in Houston, but his agent surely realizes there’s a good chance the best pass rusher on the market will break the bank in free agency. The Chargers and Raiders are two of the many teams sure to be interested if Williams hits the open market. Related: Chargers, RaidersSource: Houston Chronicle ”

    Free Agency starts March 7th? Sign him march 7th.

  18. RDPoulsbo says:

    TruBlu: The money from a FT doesn’t get paid out until they start playing games and if the intention is to trade him for a draft pick, he’ll be long gone before it would start paying out. All they have to do is sit back, let Flynn negotiate a contract with anyone he wants and collect a draft pick on his way out the door. Any contract he signs with another team will have more guaranteed money than a tag, so there’s no reason to use it as a baseline. Besides, if he ultimately decides to sign it and stay a backup in GB, it would be the last contract he gets. No team would be interested in a QB that just wants to take money with no drive to actually play games. There’s plenty of reasons why it’s a good move for GB. The only question out there is if they need to use the tag on Jenkins instead or if they feel confident they can sign him to a long term contract.

  19. Dukeshire says:

    So long a Finley remains unsigned, there is zero chance GB tags Flynn.

  20. RDPoulsbo says:

    I think that’s the big question Duke. If they can’t sign Jenkins, he’ll probably get the tag and not Flynn. If they can sign him, they have all the incentive in the world to tag Flynn. Even if they can only get a 3rd round pick from another team, and there will be some team out there willing to pay that on top of a contract to get him, it’s more than they’d get letting him walk. They certainly aren’t going to get a compensatory pick for a backup QB from the formula the league uses. I expect Flynn’s contract to be bigger than Kolb’s so the tag price is irrelevant to any contract talks he’ll have.

  21. RDPoulsbo says:

    Pretty good article about Browner going to the Pro Bowl:

    All he was looking for last year was just a shot at making a team. The 27 passes defended is great, but still, he does need to cut down on the penalties. Sherman gets it done and he doesn’t get nearly as many as Browner.

  22. gonesailin06 says:

    Petey boy…Listen to the people! This is your guy for the next four years!!

  23. I think that’s the big question Duke. If they can’t sign Jenkins, he’ll probably get the tag and not Flynn.

    Who the heck is Jenkins?

  24. RDPoulsbo says:

    Oops…meant Finley. Brain fart om my part.

  25. MadSweeney42 says:


    What makes you think that Pete doesn’t value the QB position? His QBs at USC were almost all top 1st round picks and his last USC QB will be preseason #1 ranked. Just because he hasn’t addressed it yet with his “franchise QB”? I personally agree with the theory of building a team, especially a defense and run game, first instead of plopping a young QB into a bad situation. THe short contracts of Whitey and Jackson show to me that they were mere placeholders.

    And speaking of Jackson, when you say they’re showing loyalty to him because he wants to build a QB from the ground up, in response to the idea of getting Flynn, how is that true? Jackson’s been a starter for another team in the league, been through a few coordinators as well as having been supplanted as starter. Flynn’s had 1 start (iirc) and hasn’t played anywhere else. It doesn’t make sense to say what you did about the two, imo.

  26. JazBadAzz says:

    I was wondering is Lynch’s agent waiting for Ray Rice and Forte to get their deal done, or are they using last yr’s CJ2k and D. Williams deals as the basis? I think the deals the rb’s got last yr were a bit pricey, I like beastmode a lot but man I hate over paying for anyone. The last regime ruined it for everyone, and let’s not think about the whitehurst deal…luckily they have made deals to make me forget about that somewhat. I confused at why they waited so long to get some of these guys deals done???

  27. HawkfaninMT says:

    I disagree Poulsbo. Once Flynn signs the FT he is getting paid that money. If they tag him, and nobody wants to part with draft picks for him, then they are stuck with a back up QB making more money than (arguably) the best QB in the league. That is a HUGE disincentive for them to tag Flynn.

  28. RDPoulsbo says:

    MT: It seems most people agree that Flynn is going to get a big contract. That big contract is certain to guarantee him more money than the FT is worth. Then throw in that there will be fewer starting quality QBs available than GMs in the hot seat to get one and giving up a draft pick to get him becomes an afterthought. Arizona’s deal for Kolb is a perfect example and they gave up a 1st and a former 1st round player and gave him over $21M in guarantees. I see that contract as the floor for Flynn. That’s $7M more than the tag, so there’s no real reason why he’d want to sign and wait out a year, burning bridges and souring other teams on taking a chance on him along the way.

    As for Lynch, he will be paid well. That’s just the price you pay for a top FA. The only way around it is to use high draft picks for rookie salaries. Even so, I don’t see how Seattle doesn’t give it to him. PC wants a run first offense so you have to pay him the value he brings.

  29. RDPoulsbo says:

    All I’m saying is there are other teams that have shown interest in Flynn, so there will be a bidding war of some sort that will happen. Also, you should expect the GB FO to act in their own best interest. If they can sign Finley long term, and both sides seem agreeable to that, their own best interest could very well be at the expense of another team trying to sign Flynn.

  30. If Seattle has NO interest in Flynn that perpetuates the feeling that they don’t have a clue what they are doing with QB’s.

    Tjack WILL NOT cut it long term and if they don’t see they I feel they are crazy!

    I can understand they have interest to a certain point (price/cost/etc) but to have NO interest tells me that they think that Tjack is just fine. and NO I don’t believe that JS knows something that the rest of us don’t. Flynn has CLEARLY gotten better since he was drafted and my not be a Manning, Brady, Rodgers, but I think he has talent to grow.

    I don’t care who you are getting 480 yards and 6 TD’s in the NFL takes some talent (both yours and the people around you) NO other QB in the NFL did that this year.

  31. RDPoulsbo says:

    I’m on the fence with Flynn. I see a lot of promise, but then again, there will take a big contract involved to find out if he can turn that promise into reality.

    In any case, I wouldn’t believe one thing coming from the team about potential FAs right now. That includes reports saying they have no interest. If they did show any interest right now, it just tips their hand and potentially cost them more than they need to give away to get him. Wait until at least after the tag deadline passes, but really not until FA starts before second guessing their motives.

  32. HawkfaninMT says:

    I don’t think there is the sense that he will be burning bridges if he accepts the FT. That would make good sense. If the pack offers it he would be stupid for him not to sign it. He would be guaranteed ATLEAST that much.

    I get that there are a lot of needy teams, and those teams are willing to spend money. You cite the Arizona deal as an example, I would cite that deal as an example of what NOT to do. They are already considering moving on from him.

    Basically to FT Flynn would be to gamble that someone is going to trade for him… Dangerous play if you ask me.

  33. Dukeshire says:

    I’ll bet a round of drinks that Flynn won’t get tagged, regardless what happens with Finley. He’s going to sign for big money somewhere and will be plugged in at starter which will net GB a nice comp pick. Just my feel for it.

  34. freedom_X says:

    Pete Carroll doesn’t think the QB position is unimportant. But he doeesn’t value it nearly as highly as Holmgren.

    Those are Carroll’s own words. In his press conferences before the season opener, that’s when he made the statements his QB only needs to be a game manager, where the team is balanced and the QB plays a limited (though vital) role.

    Of course this was all discussed back in September when he made those statements – Carroll’s not saying he doesn’t want a star QB. Of course he’d love to have one.

    Carroll’s saying, though, he wants a team that doesn’t depend on a star QB to win big. He wants a QB to manage a strong, balanced team to lots of wins. In some way, it must grate Carroll that Harbaugh has basically used the same model Carroll follows to enjoy big success in Harbaugh’s 1st year. (Though of course, the 49ers had a much, much better talent base than Carroll had, in Carroll’s defense.)

  35. He also said he’d make a mega-trade if he felt he was getting a good/great QB in return. Which of his interviews do you believe?

  36. freedom_X says:

    Both, actually. I do believe Carroll will make a big trade for a QB *he* is sure is great.

    Where that conflicts with “the fan” is that the fan wants Carroll to make a move for a QB the *fan* thinks is great. On top of it, the fan thinks it’s vital for Carroll to make that move.

    Carroll does not. So he’ll wait. If the QB he loves is there, he’ll make the move. Otherwise, he’ll make smaller investments and try to develop one.

    Because the fan thinks it’s so vital a move be made, they look at what can be done right now and convince themselves one of the current options has to be taken. Witness the constant clamor for Carson Palmer, and lesser cries for Kevin Kolb.

    I don’t believe Carroll thinks that way. He’ll just sit back and just keep building his balanced team until that individual appears. Perhaps that’s now, perhaps that’s next year.

    I personally would like to see a big move for a QB this offseason, but I have to admit Carroll probably doesn’t see it my way.

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