No tag for Lynch, who signs four-year, $31M deal with Seahawks

Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch avoided the franchise tag less than 24 hours before the deadline, signing a four-year, $31 million contract with $18 million guaranteed Sunday night, according to a league source.

The Seahawks announced it as a “multiyear contract” but didn’t reveal terms.

“We are excited to keep Marshawn as an important part of what we are building,” Seahawks general manager John Schneider said in a statement released by the team. “This is what we were hoping for when we acquired him from Buffalo.”

The Seahawks were prepared to use the franchise tag on Lynch if the sides couldn’t come to a deal before Monday, the final day that teams can apply the tag.

Last season, Lynch rushed for 1,204 yards and 12 touchdowns, his highest totals since being taken by the Buffalo Bills in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He had 1,000-yard seasons with the Bills in 2007 and 2008.

Lynch, who turns 26 next month, came to Seattle in a 2010 trade and later recorded perhaps the greatest play in Seahawks history with a multiple-tackle-busting, 67-yard touchdown run to seal a wild-card playoff upset of the then-defending Super Bowl champion Saints.

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