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GM: Marshawn Lynch will be with Seahawks in 2012

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By Brady Henderson

General manager John Schneider has erased any doubt about whether or not Marshawn Lynch will be with the Seahawks in 2012.

Lynch-statsAccording to Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com, Schneider told reporters at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis on Thursday that the team will place the franchise tag on their free-agent running back if both sides can’t agree to a multi-year deal, meaning Lynch will be in a Seahawks uniform for at least another season.

Lynch, who turns 26 in April, is coming off the best season of his five-year career, rushing for 1,204 yards and 12 touchdowns in 15 games with the Seahawks. He made the Pro Bowl as a second alternate.

Schneider said both sides prefer a multi-year deal and have had “great discussions” since mid-December that will continue Thursday evening in Indianapolis, according to Farnsworth.

A source familiar with the negotiations told 710 ESPN Seattle’s Brock Huard that the team would be comfortable giving Lynch a multi-year deal that includes roughly $20 million in guaranteed money.

March 5 is the deadline for teams to apply the franchise tag, which equates to a one-year, guaranteed contract once the player signs the tender. For running backs, the franchise figure for 2012 is $7.7 million.

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