Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch ended his seven-day holdout today and reported to training camp for the defending champion Seahawks.
Lynch reported to camp this afternoon following the team’s morning practice, which was the sixth he had missed as he attempted to get either a new contract from the team or at the least some sort of upgrade in the money he would receive for this season.
Sources indicated Lynch will not receive a new deal but could possibly get some sort of financial concession to give him some more money for this season. He is entering the third year of a four-year deal worth up to $31 million. Contracts, though, are not guaranteed and there has been speculation that he could be cut after the 2014 season and Lynch has been thought wanting to get some of that money now — here is our story from earlier this week with background on his holdout.
Lynch arrived around 2 p.m., after which he briefly walked out of the back of the team’s training complex and was spotted by some of the radio and TV personnel who had their work areas set up out there. The team also confirmed he had ended his holdout.
The NFL Network got a shot of Lynch when he made his brief foray outside of the team’s complex:
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) July 31, 2014
Reports broke around noon that Lynch would soon end his holdout. But when the Seahawks met with the media afterward they said they had nothing to report on it.
“He’s still not here,” Carroll said of Lynch. “I don’t really have anything for you at this point.”
Carroll then said to a second question that “I don’t know that (if Lynch will report). That would be good.”
NFL.com reported that the Seahawks will not re-do Lynch’s contract but could get some sort of monetary concession — such as a guarantee of an incentive — to report. The team has said consistently it did not plan to waver from its financial plan to appease Lynch, and there is no indication that they have done so.
Lynch has been thought looking for some more upfront money. He has two years remaining on a four-year deal worth as much as $31 million
He is also subject to $495,000 in fines for holding out but that could also be waived as part of reporting to camp.
Quarterback Russell Wilson also said he had not heard if Lynch is reporting but said “hopefully he’s here. I don’t know. He’s such a good football player, we’d love to have him here.”
Lynch has been on the team’s reserve/did not report list, having not reported when camp officially began last Thursday. The team will have to cut a player off of its 90-man roster to make room for Lynch.
Lynch will take a physical and could be ready for the team’s next practice Friday morning.
You can see video of Carroll talking about Lynch, as well as today’s practice, below:
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