The Seahawks assemble for training camp Friday, and they will have the swagger that comes with a dominant Super Bowl performance. However, it looks like they won’t have Beast Mode.
Running back Marshawn Lynch is planning on holding out, according to former teammate Michael Robinson, now a television analyst. “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 organization.”
Lynch is in the third year of a four-year contract he signed with Seattle in 2012, and he is due to make as much as $5.5 million in base salary and bonuses. However, Lynch may be emulating the tactic of fellow star running back Jamaal Charles, who threatened to hold out from Chiefs camp. Kansas City ended up giving Charles a new deal, making him the second-highest paid back in the NFL (behind the Vikings’ Adrian Peterson).
What worked for Charles, however, may not work for Lynch, at least in part because the Seahawks have two other talented backs on their roster in Christine Michael and Robert Turbin. Lynch signaled his unhappiness earlier, when he came close to skipping a mandatory minicamp. According to the Associated Press, “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.”
A training camp holdout could also cost Lynch big bucks. A report in the Seattle Times indicates that the back could be fined $30,000 per day missed, and eventually he could forfeit some of his signing bonus.
So the question for Lynch is, how much money is he willing to surrender in a possible unsuccessful bid for even more money? A few of those fines could cost him the opportunity to, say, buy another Lamborghini around which to put velvet ropes.
Perhaps that’s why Robinson is confident that Lynch will be back, at least at some point. “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,” Robinson said.