Time for another edition of the Seahawks Daily Top 10:
1, And we’ll start with Jerry Brewer’s column on Marshawn Lynch. Brewer notes that Seahawks management sent a pretty clear, if subtle, message to Lynch that they don’t plan to placate his demands for a new contract. As Friday night ended, there were no indications anything had changed on either side. But we’ll see what Saturday brings.
2, Staying on Lynch, ESPN’s John Clayton said yesterday he expects Lynch to stay out 5-6 days and then come back, getting no new money:
John Clayton on NFL LIVE says Marshawn Lynch's holdout will probably be 5 or 6 days at the most and he likely will not get any new money.
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) July 25, 2014
That leaves open the idea that Lynch could get some sort of alteration to his deal that would give him some more immediate money. Clayton’s statement echoes some of the general feeling around the team that the holdout won’t last long. But then it’s always a bit risky presuming to know exactly what Lynch will do.
3, Pete Carroll had a stronger phrase about the Lynch situation to USA Today, saying “it’s a contract for a reason.” Carroll talked privately to USA Today following his general session with the media Friday. The message, though, was the same each time — the Seahawks think they have treated Lynch fairly and see no reason to do anything additional for him now, especially with the precedent that could be set.
4, Continuing with our stories — here’s what I wrote about Christine Michael, who gets a lot more reps with Lynch out. And here’s a notebook from Jayson Jenks leading with Carroll’s thoughts on the news that the NFL may emphasize defensive holding and illegal contact this season.
5, Lost in the shuffle yesterday is that the Seahawks placed guard Jared Smith on injured reserve, a day after waiving him as injured. He does not count against the team’s 90-man roster, meaning he won’t play this season but remains team property. Smith, a seventh-round pick last year, spent most of last season on IR with a knee injury.
6, Going back to Lynch, NFL.com writes about the situation and a Tweet sent by receiver Doug Baldwin, who noted in rather frank language that he doesn’t think it’s fair that players are held to their contracts but teams often cut players before the contracts end — ala, Seattle’s release this year of Red Bryant and Chris Clemons.
7, NFL.com’s Charlie Casserly, though, stated pretty strongly in this video he doesn’t see the logic in Lynch’s actions.
8, The team’s official site has this wrapping up the day as well as a look at the team’s receiving corps. The receivers were indeed a highlight, with Percy Harvin (as detailed in an earlier blog) having a nice day, as did rookie Kevin Norwood.
9, ESPN rounds up news around the NFC West.
10, Finally, FootballOutsiders takes a nice look at what could have been for Sidney Rice.