There’s no dispute that Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch returned to the fold on Thursday with an adjusted contract that moves money around but gives him no new dollars, in theory. (It nevertheless makes $1 million a lot easier to earn, and nudges $500,000 from 2015 to 2014.)
In contrast, there’s a sharp dispute over whether Lynch’s fines in the amount of $30,000 per day will be collected. One source with direct knowledge of the situation tells PFT the fines will be forgiven. Another source with direct knowledge of the situation tells PFT the fines won’t be forgiven.
As former Steelers receiver Hines Ward said in June on NBCSN’s Pro Football Talk, teams routinely opt not to enforce the fines associated with training-camp holdouts. For his own holdout in 2005, Ward said that the team did not collect the money.
Any no-fine arrangement typically entails a no-talk-about-the-no-fine provision, which ensures that other players don’t believe they’ll be able to stay away from training camp without consequence.
In this case, with the Seahawks very concerned about the precedent that would be set by giving Lynch a new contract only two years into his current one, the Seahawks are likely just as concerned about the precedent that would be set by giving Lynch a pass on his fines.
Bottom line? The Seahawks are forgiving the fines, unless they aren’t.