Ending mystery over Marshawn Lynch's future helps the Seahawks

With "Beast Mode" soon to be happily signed, sealed and delivered for 2015, the Seahawks can get on with the business at hand.

Marshawn Lynch and his agent, Doug Hendrickson, flew from Oakland, California, to Seattle on Friday to sign a restructured contract for the 2015 season that will pay him $12 million, according to Hendrickson. It was so important that even Seahawks team owner Paul Allen flew home from being overseas to attend the proceedings.

And with it, the Seahawks can put to rest any fears of Lynch possibly retiring or holding out of training camp and leaving the team uncertain about what it needed to do at running back.

This is what Seahawks general manager John Schneider was hoping for all along. He wanted to get a deal done before free agency and the draft. The Seahawks will start the free-agency signing period knowing they have arguably the best running back in the NFL ready to go for another year. There's no more mystery from one of the most unpredictable players in the league.

There's no doubt Lynch will have little -- if anything -- to say when the agreement is signed, but it's a big relief for Seahawks fans, along with the front office.

This is the best-case scenario for the team. Lynch will be happy, not sulking over thoughts that he isn't compensated fairly for what he contributes.

He rushed for 1,306 yards last season and scored 17 touchdowns. He has rushed for 5,357 yards in the past four seasons. He is the heart and soul of the Seattle offense, a punishing runner who exemplifies the team's rugged style of play.

But drama and quirkiness come with Lynch, a man who even Schneider says "kind of just beats his own drum." So having all the speculation over about Lynch's situation for 2015 helps everyone involved.

And this could have dragged into the summer, which might have forced the Seahawks to make some difficult decisions about draft choices and free agents. The team can now turn its attention to quarterback Russell Wilson and a new deal that will likely make him one of the highest-paid players in the NFL.

The Seahawks also released tight end Zach Miller on Friday. He would have held a $4 million cap hit in 2015. Lynch's salary goes up from $7 million to $12 million.

And the fact that Lynch didn't insist on guaranteed money beyond 2015 -- the actual contract will probably include 2016 and 2017 with $20 million more on the table -- is good for the team. Lynch will receive a $9 million signing bonus this year. He takes so much punishment as a runner that it's unlikely he can play at such a high level much longer.

Lynch probably doesn't want to play beyond 2015, considering he has back issues. That's why he wanted a major increase from what he was scheduled to make in 2015. Get his money now and ride off into the sunset after next season.

As Lynch would say, "I'm all about that action, boss." His action was to return to Seattle and go full "Beast Mode" once again.