The Seahawks are off the field following their first practice of 2014 training camp, a practice that did not include Marshawn Lynch, who officially began his contract holdout today.
Afterward, coach Pete Carroll echoed earlier comments of general manager John Schneider that he is disappointed that Lynch is not there, but that the team has had a plan in place for a few years and that Lynch’s 2012 deal — a four-year contract worth up to $31 million — was at the beginning of that plan.
“Yeah, disappointed that he’s not here, by his choice, you know” Carroll said. “. … We’ve had a substantial plan working for us for years now and Marshawn was a big part of this plan and just a couple of years back we made a big statement about making a big effort for him. We wish he was with us now but this is a tremendous opportunity for the guys who will be getting their shot.”
Asked if there’s a deadline for when the team would want Lynch in camp, Carroll said no and that “that will take its own course.”
Asked if he expected Lynch back this season, Carroll said “I’m hoping that he will be back with us.”
Carroll said he had talked to Lynch regularly throughout the off-season, but did not offer details.
Otherwise, Carroll said he mostly wanted to talk about the players who were there, and again heaped praise on second-year tailback Christine Michael and third-year back Robert Turbin, who are sharing the reps at tailback with Lynch out.
“They are ready to go and really fired up about this opportunity and will try to take full advantage of it,” Carroll said.
Lynch will be fined $30,000 for missing today’s practice, per the rules of the NFL labor agreement (technically, the money will be deducted from future paychecks).
We’ll have lots more later from practice.
Here is some video of Carroll talking to the media afterward:
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