The usually reserved Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch is planning on making a big statement Friday by not attending the first day of the Seahawks’ training camp, according to one of his former teammates.
Lynch, 28, is set to make $5.5 million this season with the reigning Super Bowl champions, but he wants a bigger contract and he’s going hold out, retired ex-Seahawk Michael Robinson told NFL Network on Thursday.
If he does hold out, it could cost the downhill runner also known as “Beast Mode” $30,000 a day in fines for each day of camp he misses.
During the off-season the Seahawks gave cornerback Richard Sherman and safety Earl Thomas big new contracts this off-season worth $57.4 and $40 million, respectively. Now, Lynch wants his due.
Last season, Lynch carried the ball 301 times for 1,257 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also caught 36 passes for 316 yards and two scores.
Then he rushed for another 288 yards and four scores during the Seahawks’ playoff run to the championship.
Lynch sat out during Seattle’s mandatory minicamp with an ankle issue and skipped OTAs completely, but that’s all sort of part of the Seahawks’ plan for the bruising back.
“We have rested him a lot in the off-season. 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,” Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll said in June, according to the Associated Press. “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.”
Behind Lynch on the depth chart is Robert Turbin and Christine Michael. Turbin is entering into his third year out of Utah State and Michael is entering his second season out of Texas A&M.
Both backs saw minimal action last season as Lynch took the lion’s share of carries.