GLENDALE, Ariz. – The Seahawks would like to extend the contract of running back Marshawn Lynch, a team source confirmed Sunday.
But two sources also indicated that talks are not as far as along as reported in an NFL.com story published Sunday.
That report said the Seahawks hope to sign Lynch to a contract that would keep him with the team “for years to come” and already have offered a contract worth more than $10 million for he 2015 season.
But other sources said the team and Lynch have yet to talk specifics and noted that nothing would be completed until after the new NFL league year begins March 10.
Still, that the team appears ready to make an offer to keep Lynch beyond 2015 is a turnaround from where things appeared to stand with the Seattle running back before the season began.
This season marked the third of a four-year contract worth $31 million he signed in 2012. He is due to make a base salary of $5 million in 2014 with a roster bonus of $2 million and a salary-cap number of $8.5 million.
With Lynch turning 29 in April, an age at which running backs often begin to decline, conventional wisdom held that the team might release Lynch before the 2015 season, similar to moves the team made after the 2013 season with high-priced veterans such as receiver Sidney Rice and defensive linemen Red Bryant and Chris Clemons.
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