UPDATED by Gregg Bell from 30,000 feet above this nonsense. Huge thanks to my teammate Christian Caple. That's real journalism:
Doug Hendrickson, the agent representing Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, used Twitter to deny a report by CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora that Lynch and the Seahawks have agreed to a new deal.
La Canfora reported on Saturday that Lynch and the Seahawks have "the financial parameters of a new deal in place." The deal would reportedly pay Lynch $12 million in 2015 and $9 million in 2014.
Hendrickson tweeted later Saturday that "Contrary to reports there is no marshawn lynch deal." He also told Pro Football Talk there is no deal in place, but that the two sides "are talking."
More quality national journalism on the Seahawks. This, remember, follows October's reports from ESPN and the NFL Network the Seahawks are tired of Lynch's "act" and were going to get rid of him by now. Bravo.
La Canfora, ego apparently bruised, countered Lynch's agent, who might know the truth, tonight by tweeting:
How is that much different than what I wrote here last night and in today's News Tribune?:
Indications are Lynch may soon have a new contract with more guarantees and lower base salaries to lower his $8.5 million salary-cap number scheduled for this year ($5 million base pay, $2 million in bonuses for games on the active roster, $1.5 million in so-called “dead money,” accounting from previous bonuses).
The Seahawks just want a yay or nay from Lynch now, so in case of an unexpected “nay” they can begin shopping.