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June 12, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Marshawn Lynch poll: What’s your message to Beast Mode?

Unconfirmed reports say that Marshawn Lynch is unhappy with his contract and is considering not showing up for a mandatory Seahawks minicamp that starts next week. Lynch, the famously silent running back, didn’t show up for the Seahawks’ appearance at the White House and has missed several Organized Team Activities (OTAs) that are considered optional. But missing minicamp would be more serious.

So what do you think he should do? Is it worth the risk of fines, alienating management and hurting the team? Or is this simply business as usual, a player trying to use whatever leverage he can to earn what he thinks he’s worth.

As Bob Condotta reports in the Seahawks blog, Lynch has two years left on a four-year deal signed in 2012. That could pay him as much as $30 million, with $17 million guaranteed money. Offseason signings of teammates Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman have been for more.

Most agree that Lynch’s toughness was a major reason for the Seahawks’ success last season, but would a hold-out be taking Beast Mode too far, perhaps at the expense of his team?

What would you advise Lynch to do? That’s our Take 2 poll today.

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