Thursday, June 12, 2014
Unger has no fears about an absent Lynch
By Terry Blount
RENTON, Wash. – Seahawks center Max Unger jokingly said he would be happy to do all he could to convince running back Marshawn Lynch to show up for the mandatory minicamp next week.
“I need to give him a call,” Unger said Thursday after practice. “He’s never listened to me before, but I can always give it a try and give him a hard time about it.”
Lynch may skip the minicamp because he would like to restructure his contract, sources said Wednesday.
“He has his own things going on,’’ Unger said of Lynch. “We’d love to have him, but by no means would it change my view of him. Not at all. The guy has more than proven himself and shown he’s capable of coming to training camp in shape. As long as he does his thing on Sunday I’ve got no problems with him at all.”
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll did not speak to the media Thursday, so the team had no official comment of Lynch’s situation. But it was reported by a couple of outlets that Lynch has not spoken to the Seahawks.
Lynch has yet to comment on whether he will attend the minicamp. He sent out a couple of tweets Thursday, but nothing about his plans for minicamp.
The Seahawks are unlikely to give Lynch a contract extension. He is starting the third-year of a four-year deal worth $30 million. Lynch has a base salary of $5 million in 2014 and $5.5 million in 2015.
It’s possible something could get worked out to restructure some of the money in the form of an additional bonus to give Lynch more overall in 2014, but not more in the contract overall.