Tuesday cyber surfing: Franchise tags, free agency and more Marshawn

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, March 6:

The buzz at Virginia Mason Athletic Center yesterday was all about Marshawn Lynch signing his multi-year contract on Sunday night. Here at Seahawks.com, we checked in with a couple of Lynch’s teammates, and guard John Moffitt had this take when asked about the team’s leading rusher: “ ‘We were watching film of a practice early in training camp,’ Moffitt said Monday, during a break in the rehabilitation process that has followed the season-ending knee injury he got in the Week 10 upset of the Baltimore Ravens. ‘Marshawn jumped over the line, off his right leg. And then landed on his right leg. Which is very hard to do.’ The moment – and the movement – wasn’t lost on Tom Cable, the assistant head coach/offensive line coach. ‘Cable was like, ‘Do you know anybody that can do that? Do you think anybody else in this room could do that?’ ” Moffitt said through a smile. “I was like, ‘No, I don’t think so.’ ” That was just the beginning for Moffitt, who then began paying even closer attention to the special-is-as-special-does aspect to Lynch’s game. ‘You just see Marshawn do things that you don’t see people do very much,’ ” Moffitt said.

Mike Sando at ESPN.com offers his thoughts on the NFC West after 21 teams gave players the franchise tag by yesterday’s deadline, including this one on Red Bryant: “A four-year deal with Marshawn Lynch gave Seattle other options for the tag. The team decided to pass. This was understandable. Seattle values Red Bryant on the field and in the locker room. He’s a great fit. But using the franchise tag on him would have required the team to pay about twice the annual rate defensive tackle Brandon Mebane received a year ago. Mebane got $5 million per season. Bryant, as a defensive end, would have commanded an estimated $10.6 million for one year at the franchise price. We’ll now find out how much Bryant values the fit he has enjoyed in Seattle.”

Also from Sando, a couple dandy charts showing Lynch’s impact down the stretch last season, when he led the NFL is rushing over the last nine weeks: “The power and fury Lynch showed through his running style gave the Seahawks’ offense a needed edge. Throw in his late-season production and Lynch went from potential marginal free agent to a player Seattle felt good about securing for more than one season.”

NFL Scouting Combine over. Check. Franchise tags handed out. Check. Now, it’s the countdown to the start of the free agency period on March 13. Jason La Canfora at NFL.com is keeping track of what’s next, as well as providing a recap of those players who were tagged: “Contract talks between Peyton Manning and the Colts could extend until Sunday, according to league sources with knowledge of the quarterback’s deal with the team. It’s been widely reported that Manning’s future with the Colts will come into focus by Thursday, when his $28 million option for the 2012 season is due amid speculation that the team will not pick it up. However, talks between the two sides on a renegotiated deal could actually extend through Sunday, sources said.”

Chris Burke at SI.com also has a rundown on those players who were tagged: “The players that receive the franchise tag have until July 15 to work out a long-term deal with their teams. Otherwise, they must play the 2012 season under the terms of the franchise tag tender, and their teams stay on the hook for whatever salary cap hit that involves. In all, 21 teams utilized the franchise tag, with the list of players hit ranging from a record-setting QB to a handful of kickers.”

And finally, in this video report Alex Marvez at FoxSports.com discusses how the franchise tags for certain players will drive up the price tags for certain other players once free agency begins next Tuesday.

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