It goes without saying, but on Saturday, the Seattle Seahawks placed running back Marshawn Lynch on the Did Not Report list as training camp opens up for the Super Bowl champions. Lynch informed the team this past week that he would not be reporting for work as he seeks a new deal.
Lynch is due to make a little over $5 million this season in salary and bonuses, but as he approaches the age of 30, he wants one more mega deal from the team that he helped win their first Super Bowl title last season.
There’s no doubt that Lynch is the engineer that makes the entire Seahawks offense run on all cylinders, but the team doesn’t seem to be wavering. Head coach Pete Carroll, when speaking to the media afterwards, made it known that he expects Lynch to honor the original contract that he signed.
Another reason that the team might not be being very proactive in negotiating with Lynch is the high hopes that they have for second-year back Christine Michael. Even with Lynch on the roster still, Michael was set to have a bigger role in the offense this season, and Lynch holding out of camp will only give him more work and time to impress the coaching staff more than he already has.