Report: Preliminary talks held on deal for Marshawn Lynch

Marshawn Lynch has hit minimum playing-time requirements already to void the final year of his contract in 2012 and make the Seattle Seahawks running back a free agent after the season.

According to Eric Williams of the Tacoma Tribune, Lynch’s representatives and the Seahawks have held “preliminary discussions” in terms of a multi-year extension. Lynch is earning $2.14 million this season.

He is one of 19 players on the roster that will be a free agent, meaning general manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll have some heavy lifting to do. That’s more than one-third of the roster for a team that has really turned things over in the last 18 months. At some point soon, the Seahawks need to settle in with their core players and work on developing the roster.

Lynch has had 100-yard games each of the last two weeks and could get 1,000 yards this season. The Seahawks have not had a 1,000-yard rusher since Shaun Alexander in 2005. But how much is he worth? Ultimately, that is a question the club will have to tackle.

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