THURSDAY, 4:39pm: While Lynch hasn’t informed the Seahawks of any plans to skip the team’s minicamp, he does want a new contract, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (via Twitter). However, Rapoport adds (Twitter links) that Seattle isn’t inclined to work something out with the running back, since he’s already the fifth-highest-paid player at his position and it would set a precedent for players pushing for new contracts halfway through large extensions.
WEDNESDAY, 8:47pm: The Seahawks aren’t expecting Marshawn Lynch to attend next week’s mandatory minicamp, sources tell Rand Getlin of Yahoo Sports. Lynch is thought to be unhappy with his contract, but it’s not clear if that’s the only reason for him boycotting OTAs and next week’s activities.
If Lynch does miss Seattle’s minicamp, it’ll be the first time he’s stayed at home for the mandatory practice in his career. The tailback is entering the third year of a four-year deal he signed with the Seahawks in 2012 and is set to earn a base salary of $5MM this year and $5.5MM in 2015. While Lynch didn’t play a big role in the Seahawks’ Super Bowl romp over the Broncos, he has been an integral part of the team for the past three seasons and change. The 28-year-old has racked up 4,624 yards on the ground to go with 41 rushing touchdowns.
Lynch finished the 2013 season with 1,257 yards, giving him his third straight thousand-yard season. He also registered 14 total touchdowns, a career-high. There’s no reason to expect Lynch to miss regular season action or demand a trade, but it appears that the tailback is rather dissatisfied with his situation.