NFL Free Agency: Marshawn Lynch Will Stay in Seattle

Max Bertellotti@@maxbertellottiCorrespondent IMarch 4, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 01:  Runningback Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks rushes the football against the Arizona Cardinals during the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Seahawks 23-20 in overtime.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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According to, the Seattle Seahawks have just re-signed free agent running back Marshawn Lynch to a four year deal worth 31 million dollars.

This deal comes in on the last day as the Seahawks would have had to use the franchise tag on Lynch had it not been for this long-term deal. The contract is worth around 8 million dollars per year and has 18 million dollars guaranteed.

In 2011, Lynch rushed for 1,204 yards last year and was the Seahawks first thousand yard rusher since Shaun Alexander back in 2006. Lynch also rushed for 12 touchdowns last year.

From a front-office standpoint this deal is perfect. Lynch will be receiving "top ten" back money but is not being paid ludicrous amounts. The four year deal is the right length so as to encompass a predicted shelf life for Lynch. His downhill running style may account for injuries after the next few years.

Seattle fans should be excited as our star running back Beast Mode comes back now for four more seasons. Great signing Seahawks.