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  1. confucious says:

    Well as far as the Marshawn thing goes, I’m glad to say I couldn’t have been more wrong.

  2. FleaFlicker says:

    Still not a whole lot of info regarding the incentives that got Marshawn back in the building, but it looks like a good deal. PFT reports that he’ll get all of his bonuses guaranteed this year, plus guarantee his roster bonus for next year, effectively bumping his pay from $5 million this year to $6.5 million. A tidy little sum of $1.5 million extra since they will not seek to fine him for the holdout.

    PFT link: http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/07/31/seahawks-bumped-up-marshawn-lynchs-2014-salary/

    Now I may be wrong here, but it looks like some pretty genius cap maneuvering by Schneider. Marshawn was carrying $1.5 million of dead money for next year. Now he’s got an extra $1.5 million this year. If the new deal takes Marshawn down to zero dead money in 2015, then the cap is actually cleared next year, the Hawks spend a little more payroll that didn’t matter anyway, and Marshawn gets to save face. Like I said, I may be wrong, but if I’m right Schneider just executed an All-Pro level GM maneuver.

    Cap link: http://overthecap.com/cap.php?Name=Marshawn%20Lynch&Position=RB&Team=Seahawks

  3. PLUHawkFan says:

    I agree FleaFlicker. Not only did JS pull an all pro GM maneuver, but they did it without altering their stance on giving him a new contract. JS did enough to make ML happy enough to come play, but didn’t budge from their plan.

    They kept their word, but also showed they won’t be manipulated. Class act all the way around in my opinion. Way to go Seahawks!

    This is how you build a championship team, and maintain it. “Possible Dynasty in the making”. I’m not being a homer. I truly believe this front office is doing nearly everything right (nobody is perfect). Barring serious injuries to key players, I really do think we have a very good chance to repeat this year. Even with our tough schedule, and the NFC west getting more competitive.

    Two teams I’m worried about, (spoiling our chances) Cardinals and Eagles. I’m not as worried about 9′rs this year. Still tough team, but I just have this gut feeling that they are going to regress slightly.

  4. GeorgiaHawk says:

    This is pretty much the way I expected it to go.

    The only thing with regards to the contract that I questioned was the F.O acting in good faith on the bonus part.

    Lynch was smart to hold out for his bone.
    And the F.O came out looking good too.

    Win! Win!

  5. CDHawkFan says:

    Where are the people that said ML was going to retire, or the people that said it wouldn’t be PC/JS style to give him more money, that its just the next man up? They were so sure of themselves.

  6. GeorgiaHawk says:

    If the media wants a real story here they would be talking about how the NFLPA, royally screwed players like Wilson with their last ten year agreement with the owners.

    It wouldn’t surprise me at all to see players like Wilson (that are being grossly under
    Paid) come together next time around & do a better job of negotiating for the future decade of players in the NFL.

    http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2013/07/20/nfl-owners-destroyed-players-cba-negotiations/ia3c1ydpS16H5FhFEiviHP/story.html

  7. GeorgiaHawk says:

    My bad, FleaFlicker already posted it.

  8. chuck_easton says:

    CDhawkfan,

    The team didn’t give Lynch any more money or rework his contract.

    They simply removed the ‘conditions’ from the incentive bonuses pretty much making them automatic.

    The bonus money was already in the contract. The team just took out the requirement that Lynch gain 1,500 yards before he got it.

    As Georgia said, win/win and the team didn’t set a precedent of giving a new contract to a player that still has two years remaining on this one.

  9. Dukeshire says:

    Chuck – Of course you’re right, technically. But removing the “conditions” is tantamount to a raise, or at least a bit of a re-structure. He may have earned them all anyway.

    And agreed it’s a win/win. Stoked he’s back.

  10. Southendzone says:

    It sure seems like they gave him money. Arguably the $500k in per game roster bonus he was likely to earn.

    For the 1500 yard incentive, he has only rushed for 1500 once in his career so that was fairly close to free money.

    And pushing next year’s 500k to this year is free money depending on if you think he will be around for 2015.

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