Will Marshawn Lynch show up?
June, 17, 2014
By Terry Blount | ESPN.com
RENTON, Wash. -- Will Beast Mode make an appearance? Will he show or won't he?
We'll found out a little more on where running back Marshawn Lynch stands Tuesday when the Seattle Seahawks start their three-day mandatory minicamp at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center.
Lynch hasn't said anything publicly about whether he will participate in the minicamp. He also hasn't informed the Seahawks' staff of his plans. He tweeted a photo of himself lifting weights last week, but hasn't said what his plans are.
However, Lynch told several people close to him last week that he would like to renegotiate his contract and probably would not attend the minicamp.
That was six days ago. His feelings might have changed since then, although he remains a bit of a mystery. That's normal for Lynch, who rarely seems to take the obvious or expected path.
Lynch did not attend any of the organized team activities. They were voluntary, but he was the only veteran player to skip all of them. He also didn't join the team at the White House for the ceremony with President Barack Obama.
Team officials did not know if he was attending the parade after the Super Bowl victory until he showed up a few minutes before it started.
Lynch is in the third year of four-year, $30 million deal. It makes him the fifth-highest-paid running back in the NFL this season in base salary at $5 million. He also is the fifth-highest-paid player on the Seahawks in base salary. He is scheduled to make $5.5 million in 2015, but would count $9 million against the salary cap.
Sources say he would like to have more money up front this season, realizing it's possible he could be released before the 2015 season for salary-cap reasons.
It's unlikely the Seahawks would make a contractual change for Lynch, who rushed for more than 1,200 yards in each of the last three seasons, because it would set a bad precedent other players could use as a negotiating tactic.
Lynch has the upmost respect for coach Pete Carroll, who is a master at finding ways to keep his players happy. So maybe Lynch will show up Tuesday with a big smile on his face after a conversation with Carroll that cleared the air.
The Seahawks haven't commented publicly on Lynch, but his agent, Doug Hendrickson, did speak with Seahawks general manager John Schneider last week. The gist of that conversation is unknown.
If Lynch opts to skip the minicamp, it will cost him almost $70,000 in fines, per rules of the collective bargaining agreement.
Lynch is full of surprises. Will he show or won't he? Only Lynch knows.