On the eve of Super Bowl XLIX the Seattle Seahawks have reportedly opened contract negotiations with running back Marshawn Lynch.
One of the cornerstones of the Seattle offense, Lynch's future has been in doubt in recent weeks with suggestions the RB could leave during the offseason or even quit the NFL altogether.
It appears though that, despite impending contract discussions with Russell Wilson and Richard Sherman that are likely to involve big money, Pete Carroll and co are willing to stump up to keep Lynch for the long term - offering him a "huge" contract.
NFL Insider Ian Rapoport broke the news on the morning of the Super Bowl.
It is believed that Seattle are prepared to double Lynch's earnings for the 2015 season, offering the controversial star $10 million rather than the $5 million he is set to earn on the final year of his four-year deal.
As yet there is no confirmation on the length of the extension offered to Lynch but clearly Seattle are planning on making him an offer that would be pretty difficult to turn down.
After another impressive year on the field the offer is no surprise, even with Marshawn Lynch grabbing some negative headlines during the 2014 season due to his run ins with the media.
As the Seahawks' main threat Lynch racked up 1.306 yards and 13 touchdowns. After four straight years of over 1,200 yards the new deal could see the 28-year old become the second highest paid RB - behind only Adrian Peterson.
What do you think Seattle fans? Is a Lynch deal a no-brainer or does it risk being able to offer other key players appealing deals? Lets us known in the comments section below...