Times columnist Jerry Brewer, in his piece for the Friday paper, explores the burning questions of the day — Marshawn Lynch’s immediate and long-term futures with the Seahawks.
As Brewer states, one of the issues here are the precedents that could be set along the way. Writes Brewer:
Lynch won’t be successful trying to force the Seahawks into a new deal by skipping voluntary workouts (as usual), missing next week’s mandatory three-day session and hinting at retirement. If Seahawks general manager John Schneider responded to Lynch’s fit by caving to his demands, the rest of the team could take that as an effective way to renegotiate. And that would go against the team’s all-in, bring-it-every-day culture.
Brewer also writes:
The organization is adamant about not setting a precedent of renegotiating contracts this early, especially under pressure. And that’s a smart way to manage the NFL’s hard salary cap.
As for where things stand, that remains pretty mysterious. Lynch has said nothing publicly (not that it would be expected that he would have), nor have his representatives or anyone with the Seahawks. Indications remain Lynch hasn’t told the Seahawks anything about his plans. It might be until Tuesday, when the Seahawks begin mini-camp, before anyone really knows anything more.
Intriguingly, though, Lynch re-Tweeted this photo an hour or so ago: