The Seattle Seahawks reached a new deal with running back Marshawn Lynch late Sunday evening to avoid being forced to place the franchise tag on him. The new deal will pay Lynch $31 million over four years, according to a report by Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.
The team announced within the past half hour that the Seahawks and Lynch have agreed to terms. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, it's a four-year, $31 million contract with $18 million guaranteed.
Florio notes that Lynch will likely get a big chunk of guaranteed money in the 2012 season. Lynch was acquired by the Seahawks in a trade with the Buffalo Bills during the 2010 season. The running back made his first Pro Bowl in 2011, rushing for over 1,200 yards and 12 touchdowns.
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