News broke on Thursday afternoon that Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, who has been rumored for months to be in the market for a new contract, would be holding out of the team’s training camp as he continues to search for that new deal. Well that might be all well and good on his end, but according to Ian Rapoport, the team still does not plan on giving him what he wants.
The #Seahawks learned in the last few days that Marshawn Lynch would hold out for camp. And no, they still don’t plan on paying him.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 24, 2014
Back in 2012, Lynch signed a four-year, $30 million contract with the team, and he’s due to earn $5.5 million for this season.
So financially, you could see where the team would not want to get into any talks with Lynch about paying him more money. Not just because of the deal he signed two years ago, but because of the wear and tear he’s developed on his body since then.
Also, although unproven, the team has highly-touted second-year back Christine Michael, who has been a fan favorite among many since he walked into the organization last year. Despite the hype, though, Pete Carroll wanted to hold back on him for a year, but they’re ready to unleash him this season to see what he can do.
But still, with what Lynch provides for this offense, both sides have a bit of leverage in this fight. So this will be an interesting process to watch play out.