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NFL contract signings heating up

By Sean Fraser     Mar 5, 2012 in Sports
Seattle - The NFL's fiscal year is coming to an end on March 8 and teams are scrambling to sign their stars before they can test free agency.
Yahoo Sports is reporting that the Seattle Seahawks resigned bruising running back Marshawn Lynch to a four-year, $31 million contract that guarantees $18 million. The Seahawks were contemplating placing the franchise tag on Lynch prior to reaching a deal. The tag would've cost Seattle $7 million. Seahawks general manager John Schneider stated, “We are excited to keep Marshawn as part of what we are building. This is what we were hoping for when we acquired him from Buffalo.” Lynch is coming off his best season as a pro, racking up over 1,200 yards and 12 touchdowns.
ESPN's Adam Schefter announced via Twitter that the Buffalo Bills and their controversial yet highly skilled wide receiver Stevie Johnson have agreed to a five years contract despite Johnson tweeting Sunday night:
All these 'reports' are crazy, but I appreciate the positive energy. We will see what happens. No matter what I'm truly blessed.
Johnson caught 76 passes for 1,004 yards and seven touchdowns last year, but was flagged for excessive celebrations twice, and dropped several game winning catches.
The Denver Broncos got a public commitment from RB Willis McGahee stating that he wants to retire as a Bronco after he fired his agent. McGahee signed a four-year, $9.5 million contract before last season in which he was the Broncos' top rusher. Tweets sent by McGahee after a report stating that the Broncos were not planning to renegotiate with McGahee after his contract ended hinted at his displeasure, but he declared "I will retire a bronco #nuffsaid."
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