Options for Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks

July, 25, 2014
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RENTON, Wash. -- So what can the Seattle Seahawks do to make Marshawn Lynch happy, and what might they be willing to do?

Lynch has two years left on a four-year deal that pays him $30 million. He will earn a $5 million base salary this season and $5.5 million in base salary for 2015, but he also received a $6 million signing bonus two years ago.

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Lynch wants more money this season because he knows he could become a salary-cap casualty in 2015 when he will count $9 million against the cap.

It’s not likely the Seahawks would be willing to restructure Lynch’s deal to pay him more money this season. However, the team might tell him it will guarantee a portion of his 2015 salary.

For example, maybe the Seahawks tell Lynch that $1 million on his 2015 base salary is guaranteed. If they decided to release him after the 2014 season, they would owe him $1 million.

No one knows if that would be enough to make Lynch happy or whether the Seahawks would make the offer.

It’s also wise to factor in that Lynch just might want to skip some of training camp and is willing to pay the $30,000 a day it will cost him. Lynch came to minicamp (he didn’t participate because of a “sore ankle”), but he showed the coaches he was in shape.

So Lynch doesn’t really need the training-camp time. The truth is he probably wouldn't get more than half a dozen carries in the preseason games even if he arrived on Saturday.

And it’s good to give the extra practice time to running backs Christine Michael and Robert Turbin.

Terry Blount

ESPN Seattle Seahawks reporter

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