Former Seahawk Michael Robinson, who is the de facto spokesman for Marshawn Lynch, shed a bit more light on the holdout by the Seattle running back in comments made today on the NFL Network, for which Robinson is now an employee.
Robinson, asked if he’d spoken more to Lynch on the topic, said: “Marshawn and I, we spoke on the phone for a number of hours last night and what I gauged from the conversation, it seems as if you have a case where a team doesn’t want to set a precedent with paying a guy two years before his contract ends. And you have a player who feels that he’s clearly outplayed the contract. We have to think about Marshawn, he’s in different in this: he takes his money very seriously, he takes his foundation very seriously, and in my opinion that’s what it should be about. He’s trying to maximize his financial earnings while he still has time left in the league so that it can help him with his post-career, what he wants to do post-career and his foundation is what it’s all about.”
Here’s some more of what Robinson said, in comments from the NFL Network:
On Marshawn Lynch’s resolve with the decision to holdout: “He’s very firm. His resolve is there. He’s thought about this very much. This is not a decision he came at lightly. He very much wishes he could be with his team, he misses his teammates, he expressed how much he misses his teammates. He’s working out, he’s still doing all of the Beast Mode workouts that he’s used to doing. He just wants to be respected as one of the faces of the franchise.”
On if the hold out goes back to last season: “A little bit of it. I remember having conversations with Marshawn last year during the season, and some of the Seahawks players can attest to this also, he very much wanted to win that Super Bowl. He was to me in my opinion one of the driving forces as to how the Seahawks won the Super Bowl.”
On Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles’ contract extension: “[Marshawn Lynch] did mention Jamaal Charles last night when we spoke. He just said look at what a team does when they reward a guy for putting his everything on the field. He applauded the Chiefs for doing that.”