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Seahawks don’t seem to be inclined to give Lynch a raise

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It was quite the coincidence, or perhaps not a coincidence at all, that Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch called former teammate Michael Robinson while Robinson was spending several hours on the air at NFL Network and told Robinson that Lynch plans to hold out.

Lynch has been making noise for weeks about wanting a new deal, but he has yet to take concrete action toward that end.  He showed up for a mandatory minicamp amid reports he wouldn’t.  Now, Lynch potentially is throwing a Hail Mary pass in the hopes the Seahawks will blink.

It would be a surprise if they do.  As the Seahawks see it, Lynch has completed half of a four-year, $30 million contract.  He has two years left, and by the time those two years have expired, if not sooner, the team may begin to devote a sizable chunk of Lynch’s touches to Christine Michael or Robert Turbin.

Lynch knows that, given his age (28) and the hits he has absorbed, now is the time to get one last payday.  By next year or the year after, he’ll be at best among the smattering of veterans fetching $3.5 million annually, at best, on the open market.

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58 Responses to “Seahawks don’t seem to be inclined to give Lynch a raise”
  1. rcali says: Jul 24, 2014 10:40 PM

    Secretly, the The Team from Seattle probably doesn’t care that much. It saves their best back and gives others a chance for reps. He’ll come in a week or two before and be just fine.

  2. tjbra9 says: Jul 24, 2014 10:41 PM

    PAY THE MAN!! He is the Seattle offense.

  3. jshawaii22 says: Jul 24, 2014 10:41 PM

    And this is the problem with front loaded contracts.

    My calculation shows he has 22m or so for the first 2 years already in his pocket. That makes him the #2 paid RB. What’s left @ 10m (5m a year) is low, if you don’t include the first 2.

    He is top 3 RB in the NFL, but not worth 10m a year.

    Maybe the team just guarantees the last two against injury and they can at least give him Sidney’s 1+million.

    js

  4. pooflingingmonkey says: Jul 24, 2014 10:43 PM

    Let him walk. Seattle has good backups at RB, and they have a ton of young talent to pay.

  5. cpitch12 says: Jul 24, 2014 10:44 PM

    You win a title and everyone thinks its because of them and wants to get paid more….play out the contract you signed and honor it……..period

  6. billsfanaddict says: Jul 24, 2014 10:47 PM

    coulda seen that comin’ a mile away

  7. warjag55 says: Jul 24, 2014 10:47 PM

    Salary Cap is going to be a issue soon.

  8. filthymcnastyi says: Jul 24, 2014 10:51 PM

    #Schism!

  9. thepftpoethasneverkissedagirl says: Jul 24, 2014 10:52 PM

    love ya marshawn,but get your butt to practice.
    your under contract dude

  10. seatownballers says: Jul 24, 2014 10:53 PM

    Michael and Turbin are ready. Sorry lynch, you signed a contract and you must honor it.

  11. ninerboi says: Jul 24, 2014 10:54 PM

    That’s right Marshawn, dig in….stay out the year if you have to. It’s your last chance at that money….boss

    –All Niners Fans

  12. billsbackto81 says: Jul 24, 2014 10:56 PM

    All about that salary cap action boss!

  13. elrock7 says: Jul 24, 2014 10:56 PM

    The Seahawks are going to replace Marshawn with Al Michaels granddaughter?

  14. steviepinhead says: Jul 24, 2014 10:58 PM

    All about that action, boss.

  15. biggs13 says: Jul 24, 2014 11:02 PM

    This is where the wheels come off of that improbable run. Back to mediocrity for the Cheathawks. 3rd place in the division behind SF and the Rams. Don’t like the 49ers too much either. Rams could take the division.

  16. ariani1985 says: Jul 24, 2014 11:02 PM

    Minnesota, no thanks old man!

  17. bert1913 says: Jul 24, 2014 11:03 PM

    hold outs or injuries, next man up. the seahawks won’t budge and send the wrong message to other players under contract

  18. MikeisWise says: Jul 24, 2014 11:04 PM

    Ruh-roh

  19. drakescounsellor says: Jul 24, 2014 11:05 PM

    Offcourse he does not deserve it he’s not that good b, dont feel him up, and I’m not trying to throw any shade

  20. pantherfan40 says: Jul 24, 2014 11:07 PM

    Now seahawks let him go then he signs with the patriots…..

  21. truenorth84 says: Jul 24, 2014 11:07 PM

    “Christine” Michael? They got a chick rb on their team?

  22. sweetnlow44 says: Jul 24, 2014 11:08 PM

    Dude’s already a top 5 paid running back in the league. Which is where his production is at. I’d say he’s fairly compensated. I Don’t blame him for trying to cash in now though. He knows he’s getting long in the tooth and Christine Michael is breathing down his back to take over and probably will this year. Hope everything gets resolved though because beast mode is fun to watch.

  23. jlmd17 says: Jul 24, 2014 11:08 PM

    The man who went to a supposedly elite university for education left barely able to speak. I still demand to see his S.A.T scores.

  24. kaprajan says: Jul 24, 2014 11:10 PM

    He should get a raise. They can’t compete against the NFC west without him. Obviously.

    -49er fan

  25. boyofzimmer says: Jul 24, 2014 11:12 PM

    He’s only 28?! Damn I’m old!

  26. dennisatunity says: Jul 24, 2014 11:13 PM

    I’m a ‘Hawks fan and I love the BeastMode. He has been a huge contributor to the team. But unfortunately for him, his timing is just off and any demands he wants to make aren’t going to materialize. He has had his last big payday and it was for $30 million. He is looking at the money that Sherman and Thomas are getting and wants more, too, but the truth is he already got quite a bit. He cleaned up n a front-loaded contract and is upset now that he’s in the back end of it.

    But if you want to see the definition of bad timing and being grossly underpaid, see Russell Wilson. He still hasn’t made even $1 million a year yet.

  27. canetic says: Jul 24, 2014 11:19 PM

    Without Lynch the Seahawks are 8-8 at best.

  28. raiderfankirk says: Jul 24, 2014 11:20 PM

    He’s not doing it….he’s to dumb! It’s all agents!

  29. number1hawkfan says: Jul 24, 2014 11:20 PM

    They might give lynch more money this year. They won’t do anything after that though. The haters which are the vocal minority on this message board will say the Seahawks are in trouble. Fear not Seahawks fans. John Schneider and Pete will handle this like the champions they are. The hawks are in the best position in football. They’re smarter than everyone else. They’re not trading for Trent Richardson or paying they’re RB 10 mill a year. They’re drafting studs and building a juggernaut.

  30. ninespot says: Jul 24, 2014 11:24 PM

    Business side of the NFL sucks, without Lynch they don’t even make the SB.

  31. citpyrc says: Jul 24, 2014 11:28 PM

    Lots of chinks in the Seahawks armor. Wait until they pay Wilson.

  32. realitycheckbaby says: Jul 24, 2014 11:30 PM

    Hawks>>>Lynch

  33. senoreno says: Jul 24, 2014 11:31 PM

    Good, Skittles needs to return back to the bay..

  34. legionofboom88 says: Jul 24, 2014 11:32 PM

    We have the only true stable of backs in the NFL. Not worried.

    #CANYOUSAYDYNASTY
    #REPETE
    #ABOVEREPROACH

  35. vicnocal says: Jul 24, 2014 11:41 PM

    4 yrs, $30million signed in 2012 is pretty good coin. Honor your contract.

  36. faepernick says: Jul 25, 2014 12:08 AM

    The Madden Curse has only just begun.

  37. mazenblue says: Jul 25, 2014 12:09 AM

    Beast Mode. Better than Ray Rice, Gore, CJ, J Charles. Heck, who is better than Beast Mode, just Mccoy and All Day.

  38. Big Blue On You says: Jul 25, 2014 12:15 AM

    This will obviously cause a blow-up in the lockerroom as different factions take sides.

    So much for a Dynasty. 8 & 8 at best and battling for last place in the NFC West.

  39. donnymacjack says: Jul 25, 2014 12:26 AM

    Pay the man, He needs to be the top paid RB…period. Restructure so less cap hit this yaer and next, and then cut him before the third year

  40. corkspop says: Jul 25, 2014 12:30 AM

    Super Bowl winners always seem to unravel due to greed and egos. This one won’t be any different.

  41. mysterytonite says: Jul 25, 2014 12:36 AM

    If he doesn’t want to play let him sit. I think Michael can be just as good. Rb’s are a dime a dozen and Lynch has had a nice supporting cast around him in Seattle to make him look really good. He was never that dominant in Buffalo.

  42. nomoreseasontix says: Jul 25, 2014 1:11 AM

    It’s the story that keeps happening.
    Backs don’t have a ton of value in modern offenses.
    You can get close to top tier production with a UDFA contract…. The top of the heap and the scrubs aren’t separated by much in the way of production. Not if the OC is worth a crap. It’s all about pass protection and routes out of the backfield. Running plays can be executed by anyone…

  43. clssylssy says: Jul 25, 2014 1:12 AM

    Wow! thought the Hawks had more class than to try to lowball one of their most valuable playmakers…guess appearances are deceiving! More and more we are seeing how the players got punked by the CBA and perhaps it’s time for players to take a closer look at how they signed their future away! Appears the Legion of Boom is about to become the Legion of Doom:(

  44. revelation123 says: Jul 25, 2014 1:14 AM

    Smart move by Lynch. They don’t have an offense without him.

  45. steverolley says: Jul 25, 2014 1:50 AM

    Sucks to be a running back

  46. uglydingo says: Jul 25, 2014 5:02 AM

    Helped to get Seattle to the Super Bowl. Russell Wilson wouldn’t be half as successful without the Beastmode. Jamaal Charles and Shady McCoy have now got big money and Marshawn appears underpaid. Andy Reid upped Charles last week and now it’s time to pay the man.
    It is hard to get back to back Super Bowl wins but the Seahawks don’t have a chance without Marshawn Lynch playing at his peak. Pete Carroll rewarded his DBs but he knows he needs an Offense too.
    This is a shakedown and it’s time to pay up.

  47. RegisHawk says: Jul 25, 2014 6:12 AM

    Lynch has been making noise for weeks…

    …and yet, I have seen nothing with his direct statement to that effect. What I have seen is the media pushing this story (because they need bad stories about the SB-Champion). No doubt, Lynch & FO will come to whatever agreement and the media will spin it yet again.

  48. tennesseeoilers says: Jul 25, 2014 6:21 AM

    Could it be that, contrary to opinions east of the Rocky Mountains, Russell Wilson is actually this offense’s MVP and not Lynch?

    - Dude in Charlotte

  49. oldguardof60s says: Jul 25, 2014 6:54 AM

    Wow- 4 years 30 million ain’t enough. Delusion is such a powerful emotion.

  50. eaglesw00t says: Jul 25, 2014 7:36 AM

    He hasnt outplayed his current contract.

    No reason at all to give him a new one. He signed a 4 year deal. It wasnt a rookie deal, and it wasnt a post injury deal that was very low.

    Its 7.5 per year average, which is what he is worth. Unless he far outperforms that (which is impossible in todays NFL) I say fine him for every day he misses and let the fines stick when he finally buckles.

  51. eaglesw00t says: Jul 25, 2014 7:38 AM

    jshawaii22 says:
    Jul 24, 2014 10:41 PM
    And this is the problem with front loaded contracts.

    He is top 3 RB in the NFL, but not worth 10m a year.

    ——

    I agree with your sentiments about front loaded contracts, but he isnt close to top 3 in the NFL.

    AP, McCoy, Charles, Morris, Foster

    All guys I would take ahead of Lynch.

  52. nflpoker says: Jul 25, 2014 9:24 AM

    Ok Lynch, you signed a contract, so honor it and quit acting like a big baby. Remember, you are not irreplaceable. You may find out after you are done holding out that Seattle has already found your replacement.

  53. boomnutz says: Jul 25, 2014 9:30 AM

    I really wish Marshawn Lynch wasn’t such an idiot. He’s a fun guy to watch play and his fascination with skittles is interesting but man is he dumb. He’s not going to get paid. All he’s going to do is hold out, lose some money, come back and pull a groin or something and watch his otherwise safe job slip out of his reach.

    Being a running back in this league sucks now, but then again you’re still an NFL player making millions to play a game you probably love. Enjoy it while it lasts before you’re too old to play and full of regrets.

  54. boomnutz says: Jul 25, 2014 9:31 AM

    BTW it’s looking more and more likely that my prediction of the Rams making the playoffs over the Seahawks is going to come to fruition

  55. pftstory says: Jul 25, 2014 9:35 AM

    Why did his agent negotiate a deal that expired 2 years after he could get his last big pay day?

  56. boomnutz says: Jul 25, 2014 9:45 AM

    I agree with your sentiments about front loaded contracts, but he isnt close to top 3 in the NFL.

    AP, McCoy, Charles, Morris, Foster

    All guys I would take ahead of Lynch.

    ————————————————
    Morris and Foster over Lynch?!?! you’re straight bugging. AP is a cut above the rest, and McCoy and Charles are probably better, but it’s a tough call. No one else other than AP can carry a team like Lynch can. Seattle’s one of those few times that still runs first, and even knowing that team’s struggle to stop him. I know YPC was down this year, but he breaks more tackles than anyone else in the league. If he had the line that McCoy had (Seattle’s line was kinda bad last year) his numbers would have been out of control. Check out PFF for some more in depth #s

  57. jonnguy2014 says: Jul 25, 2014 10:03 AM

    Top RBS
    1. AP
    2. McCoy
    3. Charles
    4. Lynch
    5. Gore

  58. alankelly2013 says: Jul 25, 2014 12:53 PM

    “Ok Lynch, you signed a contract, so honor it and quit acting like a big baby.”

    What will you be saying next off-season when the Seahawks cut him and he doesn’t earn any of the money owed him for the last year of his contract? Honoring contracts should go both ways but that’s not how the NFL works.

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