UPDATE 7:26 PM: Pro Football Talk is reporting that the deal includes $18 million in guarantees.
6:57 PM: It has been reported that Marshawn Lynch has signed a multi-year deal with the Seahawks. Lynch was a Pro Bowler in 2011 and has become the most important contributor to the Seahawks offense. In January I speculated that Lynch may be worth upwards of $44 million if he hit the open market. Terms of the deal are presently undisclosed, but according to Jason La Canfora’s Twitter Lynch has been sitting on a four-year, $31 million deal with $17 million guaranteed. We can assume that if this is true, that the actual deal that Lynch signed was at least this much, but probably larger. It will be very interesting to see the specifics of this contract, as it could be structured to allow the team to be able to afford to keep Red Bryant, and perhaps sign a guy like Mario Williams to a front-loaded contract.
Ultimately this was the Seahawks biggest free agent of the offseason. Some may think that Bryant had a bigger impact, and that may be true, but Bryant probably figures to be more affordable than Lynch. If Justin Forsett and Leon Washington aren’t brought back next year (Forsett is a free agent) then the Mariners will still be looking for a runningback going into free agency, but the quality and price of that back probably just dropped, and anyone mocking Alabama runningback Trent Richardson to the Seahawks can probably begin editing their mock draft today.