Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch will not attend training camp with the Seahawks in an effort to get a new contract, former Seattle teammate Michael Robinson said on the NFL Network, according to Albert Breer (on Twitter). Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times hears that the Seahawks have told Lynch they have no plans to re-do his deal.
There was speculation last month that the running back would skip the Seahawks’ mandatory minicamp, but he wound up attending rather than pay a ~$70K fine. Lynch was planning on showing up and negotiating in good faith at that point, but it appears that he has decided to change course. Lynch is entering the third year of the 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. However, taking into account the bonus money also included in the pact, the 28-year-old still ranks among the top five backs in the league when it come to average annual value.
The Skittles-loving tailback 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. 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.