So far, Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch — who is thinking of staging a holdout of mini-camp in an attempt to get more money from the Seahawks — is getting only support from his teammates.
Center Max Unger said last week that as long as Lynch performs on Sundays, whatever Lynch does is fine with him.
And this morning on his regularly scheduled appearance on NFL AM on the NFL Network, Michael Bennett also said he’s behind Lynch in his efforts.
“Come back, Marshawn, come back! We need you,” Bennett is quoted as saying. “Without Marshawn, we wouldn’t win a Super Bowl. Obviously he’s one of the best running backs in the game, and he feels like he should be paid like one of the best backs in the game. And, of course, I agree with him. I mean, for a guy to take those kind of hits in the NFL and continue to do it at a high level?” (You can watch the segment here).
We’ll find out for sure if Lynch is holding out when the team hits the field Tuesday afternoon. So far, there has been no official word from Lynch’s camp on what he will do.
If Lynch does hold out, the Seahawks won’t be alone in having a high-profile player skipping mini-camp to try to get more money.
Players are subject to fines for holding out, and Lynch would be fined almost $70,000 if he holds out for all three days of the mini-camp.
Lynch has two years left on a four-year, $30 million deal he signed in 2012. He is due a $5 million base and up to $5.5 million overall in 2014. But none of that is guaranteed. The contract makes Lynch the fifth-highest paid running back in the NFL. It’s thought he would like more money for the 2014 season knowing that the Seahawks may release him before the 2015 season, when his base salary is $5.5 million.
— In that same MMQB column linked above, Davis also talks about the NFC Title game loss to the Seahawks, and calls Seattle QB Russell Wilson the best in the NFL who doesn’t play for the 49ers, writing:
“I think among the 31 NFL quarterbacks who don’t throw me passes, Russell Wilson is the best. He’s got all the tools; he has the ability to keep the play alive, and he’s very accurate with a strong arm. He exemplifies what it takes to be a winning QB in the NFL. If you asked me to choose based on record and experience, I’d take Tom Brady or Peyton Manning—but in terms of right now, my pick is Wilson.”