Seahawks future: Marshawn Lynch’s role with the team

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Before we get started I would like to backtrack and reminisce a little bit.

When the Seahawks traded a 2011 4th round pick and a conditional 2012 pick (5th) to the Buffalo Bills to acquire Marshawn Lynch I was ecstatic.

At the time I didn’t know he would be as successful as he has been, I just knew that he was going to be a breath of fresh air after watching Shaun Alexander “The Un-Great.” 

I was so tired of watching a running back who would succumb to tacklers who were ten yards away from even touching him.

Marshawn Lynch came with a lot of baggage, particularly off the field, but it was well known that he was a hard runner.

No moment better encompasses Lynch’s running style than Beastquake.

In case you have been living under a rock, that is the run he had in the Wild Card playoff game on January 8, 2011, against the heavily favored New Orleans  Saints.

Still to this day that is my favorite moment in Seahawks Stadium (Clink).

What the future holds

Today, May 20, the Seahawks signed second round running back Christine Michael to a 4-year contract.

John Schneider and Pete Carroll have stated that they couldn’t resist selecting Michael because he is so talented, however I don’t completely buy their story.

Marshawn Lynch Beastquake jpg

What does the future hold for Marshawn Lynch? (Photo: Google)

Yes, I do believe he was the top of their board, yet I don’t think they would have made that selection without picturing him as more than a 3rd running back in the future.

Last season the team drafted Robert Turbin in the fourth round. Turbin went on to average 4.4-yards on 80 carries in his rookie season.

Those are not light the world on fire numbers, but they aren’t “We better add a running back early in the draft” numbers either.

What does this mean for Marshawn?

That leads us to the top dog, or beast if you will. What does drafting Michael mean to his future with the Seahawks?

It depends on how far in the future we want to look.

This season I do not expect Lynch’s role to change much. Maybe Marshawn will see a few less carries because the team now has three running backs who can carry the ball.

That isn’t a dig at Leon Washington, his running style just didn’t fit what the Seahawks are trying to do.

This season Lynch’s contract has a cap hit of $8.5 million, which is fully guaranteed. That makes Marshawn the 4th highest paid running back in the NFL, as far as cap hit is concerned.

In 2014 Marshawn’s contract has a $7 million cap hit with $2 million guaranteed, $500,000 is a roster bonus. That will make him the 7th highest paid running back in 2014 as things sit today.

2015 is where it gets interesting.

The team could save $7.5 million in cap room by releasing Marshawn before the league year. At 29 years of age, this move would make sense to me. Typically running backs hit a wall at the age of 30.

Marshawn is not a prototypical running back. He runs so hard, and takes so much punishment, that I don’t think he will have much tread left on his tires at 29.

With Turbin and Michael waiting in the wings, Lynch’s contract and age, I am left thinking that before the start of the 2015 league year the Seattle Seahawks will part ways with one of my favorite running backs in team history.

That gives us two more seasons to marvel at his talent.

Go Seahawks!

Roster Moves 05.20/2013

  • RB Christine Michael – Signed
  • TE Darren Fells – Signed
  • LS Adam Steiner – Released


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  • Jona

    I agree with what you say that Lynch has 2 years or less left with the Seahawks. I think our priority will be to keep other core players.

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