GLENDALE, AZ (The Spread) - With kickoff of Super Bowl XLIX set for 6:30PM ET, news has broke that the Seahawks have offered Marshawn Lynch a contract extension.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said Sunday morning that Seattle has offered Lynch "a huge contract extension that would keep him in a Seahawks uniform for years to come." Outside of Adrian Peterson's contract, it's believed that the deal would make Lynch the highest-paid running back in terms of annual average.
This report is a complete 180 from what was being said about Lynch's future in Seattle all season. There were reports that the Seahawks were ready to move on from their star running back following the Super Bowl, or that he was willing to retire at the conclusion of the season. But it appears as though Seattle is willing to make a substation investment to keep him in a Seahawks uniform for the foreseeable future.
Lynch signed a four-year, $31 million contract back in March of 2012. The deal contained $17 million in guaranteed money, including a $6 million signing bonus. He's set to make $5 million in 2015 before becoming a free agent in 2016 unless, of course, he signs a contract extension like what is being reported.
The Seahawks are currently listed as 1-point favorites over the Patriots for Super Bowl XLIX, according to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI.