Paying that type of money to a RB who has more wear on tires than age indicates, is pure dumb. That was $$ that could have been spent on a premium position. But then you remember who is in charge there and it is more of the same.
I don't think it's really that bad at all. I'd have preferred the franchise tag simply to make him prove it for another year, but we're only talking about $10 million more in guaranteed money for 4 years, if we so choose, then we would have had to put up for 1 year under the franchise tag. Not to mention he's got about 1100 career carries in the NFL, 500 in college, while Ray Rice has 950 in the NFL and another 900 in college. He's got relatively low wear on his tires for his age, really. Not to mention the Seahawks are well under the cap.
If 'more of the same' from 'who is in charge' includes putting together a defense that performed in the top 10 towards the end of the year, comprised of hits on late round picks and a CFL signed CB, I'll keep taking it.
I can't explain a wholesale negative view of a FO and coach that have put together a promising rebuild.
btw, rugger, I still think the Hawks take Richardson if he is there. Lynch got paid, but this offense is still going to be all about the run, and Richardson will just be too good to pass up to throw into the offense immediately and ultimately be Lynch's successor. I know the FO wants to improve the pass rush, but the guys that could be available to them: Upshaw, Ingram, or Coples aren't elite prospects like Richardson. They'll run to the podium with the pick if he's on the board, but I don't think we'll be able to test my hypothesis, as I agree, I don't expect him to be on the board + I think he's going to TB, also. Seattle will get an RB early if the right guy is available. If it's not TRich, I think they'll take Doug Martin in the 2nd, if he isn't, maybe Chris Polk in the 3rd. It'll depend on value.