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Carroll: We've had 'big offers' out to Marshawn Lynch

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On Thursday, Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider said that he wouldn't be surprised if Marshawn Lynch retired. We'd disagree, because the Seahawks have shown a willingness to give Lynch more money.

"We've had big offers out there," coach Pete Carroll said Friday. "We continue to work with that and we're excited about the future. He's been an integral part of our program for five years and we love the contributions that he's brought. He's been a great character in the program and all of that. So we're excited to move ahead. We would really like to move with that quickly."

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NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Super Bowl Sunday that the Seahawks are willing to give Lynch more than $10 million in 2015 alone. That's a big pay bump from his scheduled $7 million. While Lynch has back problems that could threaten his future, these decisions usually come down to money. And the Seahawks are ready to make Lynch one of the two highest paid running backs in the league.

This issue could drag deep into the offseason if Lynch wants a way to avoid offseason workouts, but it would be a surprise if he wasn't starting for the Seahawks in Week 1.

Here were a few other items from Carroll's press conference:

» Carroll said he spoke to offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell about how to handle criticism in the wake of his fateful goal-line call in the Super Bowl, and Bevell's shaky response after the game.

» Carroll confirmed that cornerback Jeremy Lane needs knee surgery, but said that Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor will not require offseason surgery.

» Carroll says he will miss coaching against Jim Harbaugh.

"I think he's going to kick butt at Michigan and do a great job. I'm really anxious to watch it happen," Carroll said.

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