Well, the Seattle Seahawks are doing some swimming upstream of their own, bucking the recent trend at the running back position by handing a lucrative extension to Marshawn Lynch.
And while some might be shaking their heads at the deal, Lynch is the exception to the proverbial rule, making the Seahawks' decision to keep Beast Mode around a wise one.
As Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported, Lynch flew into Seattle on Friday to meet with Seahawks brass:Marshawn Lynch is headed to Seattle to meet with #Seahawks brass, including owner Paul Allen. He has a deal waiting for him if he wants.Apparently, that meeting and the ones that preceded it went well. According to Pro Football Talk, Lynch has agreed to terms on a three-year deal that includes a big hike in pay for 2015:Seahawks increase Marshawn Lynch's pay from $7 million in 2015 to $12 million http://wp.me/p14QSB-9IPK
7:47 AM - 7 Mar 2015
Marshawn Lynch agrees to three-year, $31 million deal
Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has agreed to terms on a new contract that covers the next three years. And he’ll be paid at the high end of the running back market. Per a source with knowledge...
ProFootballTalk @ProFootballTalk's the culmination of several weeks of speculation that ran the gamut from Lynch retiring to the Seahawks releasing the 28-year-old.
It's also a big departure from recent developments at the running back position. Earlier this week the Philadelphia Eagles sent LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills in a trade. DeMarco Murray of the Dallas Cowboys is about to hit free agency after leading the NFL in rushing in 2014. Veteran backs Chris Johnson, Reggie Bush and Steven Jackson have all been released in recent weeks.
Most NFL teams are looking to do two things at running back—get younger and cheaper.
Of course, most teams don't have Marshawn Lynch, either.To say that Lynch has been a key part of Seattle's climb to the top of the NFC would be an understatement. In each of the past four seasons, Lynch has carried the ball at least 280 times for at least 1,200 yards and double-digit touchdowns.