The Seattle Seahawks don’t appear ready to budge on contract talks with Marshawn Lynch, and why would they? The team has prepared for this inevitability for a while now and even as it plays out with bumps in the road, it appears the Hawks are entrenched in their position, fully prepared for life after their top running back.
“Sure, yeah — I’m disappointed he’s not here,” Carroll told SI’s Doug Farrar. “We wish he was with us now, but this is a tremendous opportunity for the guys that are getting their shot. Robert Turbin and Christine Michael, they’re ready to go and really fired up about this opportunity. We’ll try to take full advantage of it.”
Try being the key word here. The Seahawks may hold most of the leverage given that Lynch is paying tens of thousands of dollars for every day that he misses camp and the team meanwhile is the defending Super Bowl champions, but that doesn’t mean Lynch isn’t the team’s best option at running back. Michael and Turbin may be promising, but promise and results are two separate entities.
All it takes is one injury to either player, and suddenly life without Lynch is a tough prospect. Michael will return from his injury per the link, but what if he suffers another one?
The Seahawks will be a top team in the NFL with or without Marshawn Lynch. And Lynch will likely be with the team before Week 1 because that’s what guys do when they hold out. For now though, it appears the Seahawks are content to stick to the company line and avoid paying any more at the running back position than they already have.