Rumors have circulated this month that Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch would holdout from camp as he searches for a new deal from the team. At one point, the subject of retirement was brought up. However, it appears that everyone can calm down for the time being as Lynch has reported for work with the defending Super Bowl champs.
#Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch has arrived at minicamp, source says.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 17, 2014
Plausibly, Lynch could still holdout for training camp, but that seems unlikely considering his timely attendance to mini camp. He may be discontent, but he can get in line with all the other running backs in the league. Unfortunately, that position doesn’t pay a premium by the NFL’s standards.
Lynch is due $7.5 million next year, which provides the Seahawks 7.5 million reasons why they should cut him and promote Christine Michael to starter next season.
Lynch’s contract incentivized the Seahawks to ditch him, so naturally, he’s hoping to renegotiate it. He deserves a contract, even if it’s a short one due to his age.
He’s rushed for 1,200 or more yards and 11 or more touchdowns in each of his last three seasons, plus he’s been durable throughout that time and has shown that he can handle a workload, missing only one game in the last three seasons. It’s hard to know how he will handle the age, and thus Seattle does not want to wager their money on the 28-year-old.
Life without Lynch is looking like a real possibility in Seattle. They will probably release him and set him free on the market, at which point he could sign with another team. In other words, this could be a big season for Lynch, which has more or turned into a contract year.