Marshawn Lynch is not happy about his contract and wants a new deal after helping lead the Seattle Seahawks to the Super Bowl last season, but despite holding out of minicamp in protest, the team’s workhorse running back is unlikely to get what he wants.
Lynch is already one of the top five highest paid running backs in the league at %5.5 million coming to him in 2014, but NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted the Seahawks aren’t inclined to give him a new deal.
Lynch hasn’t informed the team of his desire to skip the team’s mandatory minicamp and while he may hold out in hopes of it sending a message to the Seahawks front office of his unhappiness, he has not told the team he will not be attending according to Rapoport.
Rapoport doesn’t think the Seahawks will cave on their stance and Lynch will have to play out the contract he signed.
Why no new deal for Marshawn Lynch? 1. He’s a top 5 paid back. 2. Sets a precedent for players midway thru large extensions like Lynch.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 12, 2014
The Seahawks spend a second round pick on former Texas A&M running back Christine Michael
in 2013 and have already stated their intentions to give him a bigger workload in his second year in the league. It is a two-part plan that will preserve the health of Lynch to be strong for another deep postseason run and also because they think Michael is a special talent and the team needs to find out if he can be the team’s featured back if they let Lynch go.
Lynch led the NFL with 12 rushing touchdowns last season to bring up his total to 35 over the last three seasons and rushed for 1,257 yards. he has averaged 1,350 yards over the last three regular seasons as the Seahawks top runner and added 39 total touchdowns. Conversely, Michael had 18 carries for 79 yards while appearing in three games as a rookie.
Do you think Lynch has earned a new deal based on what he has done for the organization or should he honor the contract?