Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Forsett welcomes good friend Lynch
By Mike Sando
Justin Forsett and Marshawn Lynch played together at California. Lynch was even a groomsman in Forsett's wedding. The two NFL running backs have stayed in touch by phone every week.
That explains why Forsett, the Seattle Seahawks' starting running back, wasn't complaining Tuesday when the team acquired Lynch in a move that will cut into Forsett's playing time.
"Coach (Pete Carroll) definitely stresses competition, and with somebody like that -- me and Marshawn have worked together in the past, so I definitely have no issue with that," Forsett told reporters after practice and before he had a chance to speak with his new teammate.
Forsett and Lynch are both 24 years old. Forsett goes 5-foot-8 and 198 pounds. Lynch is 5-11 and about 215. Forsett has proven capable at times, if not consistently, while playing behind a line with serious issues over the last couple seasons. Lynch has suffered behind a weak line in Buffalo.
The Seahawks drafted Russell Okung as their franchise left tackle, and Stacy Andrews figures into the long-term plan at guard or tackle. Beyond that, the Seahawks' line for 2011 remains unsettled. Right tackle Sean Locklear, left guard Ben Hamilton and center Chris Spencer are unsigned past this season.
Forsett's rookie deal runs through the 2011 season. Lynch is signed through the 2012 season, but that year voids. His deal carries an $885,000 salary this season and $1.14 million salaries in 2011 and 2012, with an escalator worth as much as $3 million in 2011. The deal also includes incentives.
Forsett identified Lynch's power as his strongest attribute as a runner.
"He's a strong guy, probably one of the strongest guys I’ve ever been around and you can tell by the way he breaks tackles and he runs with a lot of heart," Forsett said. "You don’t see that too often."