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July 28, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Former agent Joel Corry with some thoughts on Marshawn Lynch situation on KJR-AM

Some good stuff on the Marshawn Lynch holdout today on KJR-AM from  former player agent agent Joel Corry, who now writes for, among other titles.

A few highlights:

— Corry, asked his opinion of Lymch’s holdout, said he thinks it will be about as successful as that of Jacksonville’s Maurice-Jones Drew, who held out into September before reporting without a new deal and, as Corry said, a “bunch of fines that ultimately were reduced.”

— Corry, though, also had some strong words for the Seahawks organization saying that coach Pete Carroll “is the last person who should be talking about honoring a contract. He didn’t honor that USC contract when he came to Seattle.”

— Corry reiterated what many others have said about why Seattle is taking such a hard-line stance — that it doesn’t want to set a precedent of redoing its own existing contracts. “Teams are very sensitive to setting a precedent,” he said.

— Corry said Lynch’s case can’t be compared to that of Jamaal Charles, the Kansas City running back who recently got a new deal, because the Seahawks appear to have some viable other options at running back and also because Charles was, by any standard, underpaid. He noted Charles essentially got an additional $5.1 million and speculated Lynch would take a lot less than that.

— Corry noted the Seahawks did redo Brandon Browner’s contract last year to give him a chance to earn an additional $250,000, but also noted the differences in the situations — namely, that Browner’s redo was perceived largely as repaying him for agreeing to take his PED suspension during the season so he would be available for the playoffs. “But they can’t say they haven;t adjusted a contract when a guy has years left on his contract because they did it with Brandon Browner,” he said.

— Asked ways in which Seattle could give Lynch a little more money now but not have it be “new money,” Corry said the team could convert some roster bonuses into base salary, could take a $500,000 incentive for rushing yards into base salary, and could also guarantee some part of his 2015 salary and pro-rate it over the next two years. He noted that Sidney Rice’s retiring took $500,000 off the cap and they could just find a way to give that to Lynch..

— But Corry said any of those things would probably be done “later  rather than sooner because they will want to test the resolve of Marshawn.”

— He also noted they could waive or reduce some of the fines Lynch is subject to.

— Asked when he thought something might be resolved, Corry said not until mid-to-late August. He noted that in that time, either the performance of Seattle’s running backs or possible injuries to those players could change the leverage in either direction (injuries to Lymch, performance of others to the team). He said the Seahawks may just treat this like an injury and see how things go without Lynch “before even considering” some of the options to enhance Lynch’s deal.

— On Twitter, Corry also said Lynch is not subject to being fined a regular season game check because he was signed before he was an unrestricted free agent.



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