07/24 22:18 CDT Lynch expected to hold out from Seahawks camp
Lynch expected to hold out from Seahawks camp
RENTON, Wash. (AP) --- Marshawn Lynch isn't expected to be present for the
first day of the Seattle Seahawks' training camp, close friend and former
teammate Michael Robinson said Thursday.
Appearing on NFL Network, Robinson said he spoke with Lynch and Seattle's star
running back plans to hold out of the camp that begins Friday.
"I really think he just wants his position in the organization and how they
view him, he just wants that recalibrated a little bit," Robinson said on NFL
Network. "He's been the face of the franchise, he's been the face of the
At dispute is Lynch's contract. Lynch can make up to $5.5 million this season
in base pay and roster bonuses. It's the third year of a four-year contract
Lynch signed with Seattle before the 2012 season.
Lynch nearly skipped June's mandatory minicamp because he wants the final two
years of his contract reworked. He ultimately showed to avoid a hefty fine, but
did not participate with what coach Pete Carroll said was an ankle issue. Lynch
was not present for Seattle's organized team activities during the offseason.
Seattle's plan is to make sure Lynch is healthy for the season opener against
Green Bay on Sept. 4, which would mean a very light load of carries during
training camp and the preseason.
Even though the Seahawks staff expressed during the offseason getting more
carries for reserves Robert Turbin and Christine Michael, Carroll reiterated
during minicamp that Seattle's run game begins with Lynch.
"We have rested him a lot in the offseason. He takes a big pounding during the
year. It takes him a long time to get his body back to where he doesn't feel
the rigors of the season that's past," Carroll said in June. "In this case it's
unique but he is a unique player and he has a unique role on our football team,
so we have to do what we have to do to take care of him."
Robinson said he believes that Lynch will eventually play this season.
"I think Marshawn will be playing football this year. I don't know how they're
going to get it done, I don't know how they're going to make it work but that
team is not the championship team that they can be without Beast Mode,"
Lynch can be fined for missing training camp and he's shown the past being
adverse to losing money via fines. Last season, Lynch begrudgingly began
speaking to the media during the playoffs in an effort to avoid hefty financial
penalties from the league. That included memorable sessions during Super Bowl
week where he answered questions for about 20 combined minutes during three
days of league-mandated media availability.
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