Jan 11, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) and tackle Russell Okung (76) congratulate running back Marshawn Lynch (24) for scoring a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints during the first half of the 2013 NFC divisional playoff football game at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Marshawn Lynch, Russell Okung may be playing last year in Seattle

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The defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks may be watching a few of their star players suit up for their last season in Seattle in 2014.

ESPN.com’s Terry Blount recently noted that Marshawn Lynch, Russell Okung and Cliff Avril, among others, may be about to begin their final season as members of the Seahawks?

Why?

Money, of course.

Blount reported that both Lynch and Okung are signed through 2015, but they would probably be too expensive to keep in Seattle for any amount of time past that.

Lynch would count $9 million against Seattle’s salary cap and Okung would count $7.3 million against the cap in 2015.

If the two were to leave the Evergreen State, Lynch’s replacement would likely be Christine Michael, who has flashed glimpses of brilliance in the backfield when given the chance. Okung would probably be replaced by Alvin Bailey or Justin Britt, respectively.

Blount also reported that Avril is making “$7 million this year and counts $9.2 million against the cap,” so making him a cap casualty (along with the other two) could help Seattle give Russell Wilson a big-time contract.

Of course, at this point this is all speculation, so it is very possible that a few of the big-name players renegotiate their contracts to stay in Seattle.

However, don’t be surprised to see a number of players walk.

The Seahawks have $82 million of guaranteed money invested in Michael Bennett, Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas, and who knows what kind of contract Wilson will receive.

Luckily, the Seahawks are fairly deep at most of their positions, so if some of today’s star players leave, tomorrow’s future starters should fill in nicely.

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  • Trakar

    FEED THE BEAST!
    Giving Marshawn more money only makes him play harder, it doesn’t weaken the front office with regards to other players, it strengthens player resolve to excel. This move would say, “you become the player that defines our franchise and we will reward, and reward again, the effort and dedication that such effort requires!”
    Feed the Beast, especially if there’s a chance you are going to move beyond him in the next year or two. Lynch is 3 years younger than Gore, and ten times the RB. Feed the beast and hope he wins his out in his position for the next five years. If not, it is worth it to feed the beast one more time.

  • wheelz808

    All speculation at a sloooow time in the NFL. “IF” you must “speculate”, why must it be doom and gloom? Oh yeah, you need someone to click on your article! Waste of time here… but what else is there to do, lol.

  • johntheonly

    This is why it is hard to listen to the salary-cap gurus in the summertime, it’s great to watch football in the regular season at this golden moment in Seahawks’ history, but most of us would admit that even after the dust settles on player contracts, we don’t really have a full HDMI understanding of it all, and so what? If there was some big trade or injury that would be worth noting-but “the sky is falling” because some players either may ask for too much money, or don’t want to practice, is almost as much of a waste of time to read as it is for me to comment…but hey, thanks for the heads up anyhow. I will eagerly be looking forward to Marshawn running the ball through large holes on the left side of our offensive line created by Mr. Russell Okung.