A few clarifications worth making today on the news of yesterday that the Seahawks agreed to bump up Marshawn Lynch’s base salary for this season to $6 million to get him to end his holdout.
A league source says the deal is the same one the team offered to Lynch back in May, when he first began dropping hints that he was unhappy with his deal and wanted to hold out.
A source says Lynch wanted an extra $5 million, on top of the incentives that the team agreed to turn into base salary.
The team, though, did not want to set a precedent of redoing existing deals, and also felt that Lynch was being fairly compensated.
Ultimately, Lynch agreed to return after holding out for seven days in exchange for the team turning $1.5 million in incentives or bonuses over the next two years into base salary for this season.
However, it’s worth noting that the money is not completely guaranteed in the sense that since it is base salary, Lynch has to be on the roster for the entire season to get all of the money.
Also, while it has been reported that the team will waive the fines Lynch accumulated during his holdout, word is that the team may still impose the daily fines of $30,000 per each day he held out. Whether the team will impose the fines has apparently not been resolved. The team, however, will not impose a fine of a percentage of his $1.5 million signing bonus for this season.