Since news broke of Marshawn Lynch’s apparent desire for a little more money from the Seahawks, the silence on both sides has been defeaning. Lynch has yet to talk, nor have any of his representatives. The Seahawks also have yet to say anything.
One person shedding a little light on the situation today, though, is former Seahawk Jordan Babineaux who now works for the NFL Network.
Babineaux said earlier today on the NFL Network that he spoke with Lynch on Thursday and that Lynch — who has two years left on a four-year contract worth up to $30 million — indeed wants to be paid a little more.
And in a separate interview with KJR-AM, Babineaux said Lynch is looking for a “small token of appreciation” from the Seahawks.
.@jordanbabineaux says Marshawn Lynch is looking "for a small token of appreciation" from the Seahawks.
— Dave Softy Mahler (@Softykjr) June 14, 2014
Reached tonight by the Times, Babineaux confirmed that money is at the heart of the issue, specifically that Lynch would like to get some more this season, given the realities of NFL contracts and that there’s a chance Lynch wouldn’t be with the team in 2015.
“This year is more (important) than the last year of the deal,” Babineaux said. “It’s this year.”
Babineaux said just about all options are on the table for Lynch, including the possibility of retiring.
“I don’t want to rule out the fact that there could still be a possibility, because of Marshawn’s personality, that retirement could just be something that he’s okay settling for,” Babineaux said.
But Babineaux said Lynch at the moment is working out as if he will play this season for the Seahawks.
“I do know that he’s preparing to play ball in the fall and going out and having another successful season, as he did last year,” Babineaux said.
Lynch’s four-year deal with the Seahawks included $17 million of guaranteed money that has already been paid.
He is due a base salary of $5 million in 2014 and $5.5 million in 2015.
On an average-per-year basis, Lynch is the fifth-highest paid running back in the NFL at $7.5 million, according to OvertheCap.com.
Those ahead of him are Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson at $14.3 million, Philadelphia’s LeSean McCoy at $9 million, Houston’s Arian Foster at $8.7 million and Chicago’s Matt Forte at $7.6 million.
Lynch is apparently thinking of skipping mini-camp next week to show his serious in his desire for some more money from the Seahawks.
Babineaux said Lynch “isn’t trying to prove a point” but merely to make clear he’d like the Seahawks to do something.
No clues on what Lynch may be thinking were offered earlier today from his mother Delisa, who Tweeted the following below:
I won't let the media steal my joy if shawn is holding out or ready to retire, I wasn't told then again he Is grown making his own decisions
— Delisa Lynch (@MommaLynch24) June 13, 2014