The Seattle Seahawks open up mandatory minicamp next week, but they will reportedly be doing so without “Beast Mode” Marshawn Lynch on the field.
According to ESPN, Lynch is preparing to skip the mandatory minicamp as he seeks a new deal.
“Marshawn Lynch has two years left, he’s 28 years old. He knows that he doesn’t have that much time to cash in on his success,” NFL insider Adam Schefter said during an appearance on SportsCenter Thursday morning.
Missing minicamp would result in a fine of $70,000 for Lynch.
“It’s very, very unlikely that Lynch will be there,” a source told ESPN.com “He wants the Seahawks to renegotiate his current contract and provide him with more up-front money.”
This isn’t the first time that Lynch has missed a minicamp, but with the contractual implications in this decision it will be interesting to see how everything continues to play out over the next few weeks.
Seahawks coaches have recently said that they plan on using a running back by committee approach moving forward, so Lynch could be looking to cash in on his success before his numbers take a hit when the team starts spreading the ball around.