The Seattle Seahawks have reached a multi-year extension with Pro Bowl running back Marshawn Lynch, the team announced on Sunday night.
According to Jay Glazer of FOXSports.com, the deal is worth $32 million over four seasons with $18 million guaranteed. Glazer adds that $17 million is fully guaranteed and the other $1 million is all but guaranteed.
Had a multi-year extension not been reached by 4pm ET on Monday, the Seahawks were prepared to use the franchise tag. With Lynch signed, they can now use the tag on run-stopping defensive end Red Bryant, which would cost a projected $10.595 million, which would be guaranteed once signed.
In 15 games in his second season with the Seahawks, Lynch, 25, set career-highs with 285 carries for 1,204 yards and 12 touchdowns, earning Pro Bowl honors for the second time in his career.
"We are excited to keep Marshawn as an important part of what we are building," general manager John Schneider said. “This is what we were hoping for when we acquired him from Buffalo."
Acquiring Lynch from the Buffalo Bills was a six-to-eight month process for Schneider, who parted ways with a pair of future draft choices to the former Cal standout in October of 2010. 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.