- Terry Blount, ESPN Staff Writer
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This article has been corrected.
RENTON, Wash. -- If Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is looking at his holdout from a standpoint of financial losses, he might want to show up on Tuesday when the players return to the field after an off day Monday.
With the help of ESPN colleague John Clayton’s expertise of the collective bargaining agreement, here are the actual dollars Lynch stands to lose if his holdout continues into the middle of this week.
Lynch is incurring fines of $30,000 a day for each day he holds out. It’s up to the team’s discretion how they count those days, but camp officially started last Thursday. If the team counts the player’s off day Monday, Tuesday will be the sixth day of training camp.
Starting with the sixth day, the Seahawks can ask Lynch to return 15 percent of his prorated signing bonus, which would be $225,000. He was paid a $6 million bonus when he signed his four-year contract in 2012.
For each day he continues to hold out going forward, he can lose another 1 percent of his signing bonus ($60,000) for up to 25 percent of the total bonus.
Lynch would not be fined for missing preseason games. But if his holdout stretched to the regular season, he would be fined one week’s game check for each game missed or$312,500 per game.
Starting to get the picture here? This is a very costly stand if Lynch decides to continue holding out.
In a July 28 article posted on ESPN.com, it was incorrectly reported that Marshawn Lynch would be asked to return $900,000 from his signing bonus after the sixth day of his holdout and would be fined for missing preseason games.