Lynch’s ventures taking attention away from Seahawks’ offer?

Feb 24, 2015, 3:52 PM | Updated: Apr 7, 2015, 4:06 pm
While a $21 million deal waits for him, Marshawn Lynch has filed for a trademark and released a mov...
While a $21 million deal waits for him, Marshawn Lynch has filed for a trademark and released a movie clip. (AP)

Marshawn Lynch still hasn’t signed a new deal with the Seahawks, but he’s finding other ways to keep himself in the news.

Two separate ventures from Lynch have come out early this week – the first is his plan to trademark his memorable Super Bowl week phrase “I’m just here so I won’t get fined,” presumably for use in his Beast Mode clothing line, and the second was the release of a promo clip for an upcoming movie based on his life story.

While those pieces of news may take some attention away from the Seahawks’ repeated attempts to sign their star running back to an extension, that wasn’t the case with 710 ESPN Seattle’s “Brock and Salk.” In fact, they pointed out how those stories underline just how important it is for Lynch to return to Seattle, where he has a reported two-year, $21 million offer waiting for him.

“You don’t leave $21 million on the table while filing trademarks for a brand that would completely disappear as soon as you retire,” Mike Salk said, “and essentially I believe this is why the Seahawks front office has been so public with these negotiations. Marshawn, everybody else has agreed to this, it’s time for you to put your team before yourself and say ‘yes’ as well.”

Salk’s co-host, Brock Huard, believed the lengths the Seahawks are going to to bring back Lynch, even though he’s still under contract for next season making $7 million, would allow for a different trademark for the 28-year-old Oakland native.

“How about a new trademark? … ‘I’m just here so I can get paid.’ Because the team’s willing to pay you in a way that this league’s not paying running backs,” Huard said. “This (team) is likely gonna pay you more than any running back is gonna earn in this market … This organization is screaming to get you back in the door to reward you for what you’ve done in the past. Most importantly they still continue to pay you for the performance that they believe and we all believe you still have left in your tank. So why don’t we shift that little trademark and simply say ‘I’m just here so I can get paid’?”

To hear the conversation, listen to the “Need to Know” segment found at the 10:20 mark of the first hour of Tuesday’s edition of “Brock and Salk.”

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