Jun 17, 2014; Renton, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) talks with a teammate during minicamp at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Marshawn Lynch wanted $5 million more this season from Seahawks

Marshawn Lynch ended his eight-day holdout with $1.5 million guaranteed to him next season. However, that sum was far below what the Seattle Seahawks running back was seeking.

From Terry Blount of ESPN.com:

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch wanted $5 million more this season than the concessions he received on his contract before ending his eight-day holdout Thursday, sources confirmed Friday.

The additional $1.5 million Lynch was given, bumping his guaranteed compensation from $5 million to $6.5 million this season, was offered to Lynch in May after he first made team officials aware that he wanted more money. The offer never changed.

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He basically wanted all of his 2015 salary ($5.5 million) up front in 2014, something the Seahawks had no intention of giving him.

Blount reports the reason Lynch was seeking such a massive increase in pay because he fears the team will cut him following the end of this upcoming season in an effort to save money.

Understanding that, it makes sense why Lynch would resort to a holdout as a last-ditch effort to get paid, even if the Seahawks were never going to pay him what he wanted, due to their possession of solid backup running backs in Robert Turbin and Christine Michael.

The 28-year-old Lynch rushed for 1,257 yards and 12 touchdowns on 301 carries this past season and ultimately helped the Seahawks win the Super Bowl.

The Buffalo Bills selected Lynch with the No. 12 pick in the 2007 NFL Draft.

 

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