Feb 2, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) runs in the third quarter against the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle Seahawks Will Not Renegotiate with Marshawn Lynch

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Is Marshawn Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks still an amazing, powerful and elite running back in the NFL? Yes. Will that reality earn him more money? Probably not.

Reportedly, Lynch will skip mini-camp, even though he would face paying a fine for his absence. Lynch has always done his own thing, and skipping team activities is not unusual.

However, there is the theory that this is part of a strategy that may result in a holdout and a demand for a renegotiation. Despite his brilliance in 2013 and his likely effectiveness in 2014, the clock may be ticking on Lynch’s career.

Lynch just turned 28, which is young in real years but old in NFL career years. This is particularly true for running backs.

If Lynch starts to decline in 2014 and Christine Michael has a promising year, would the Seahawks drop Lynch like a bad habit? Yes.

Sad if you are a fan of Beast Mode, but this is the cold, hard reality of the NFL. Players are offered contracts and they are faced with dilemmas. Sign a long-term deal, and have more security. Sign a short-term deal and remain flexible, but risk injury or lack of work if production goes down.

If the Seahawks were to renegotiate with Lynch halfway through his contract, it would send a bad message to other players that have great years. It isn’t like players are going to come in and give back money if they have a bad season or get hurt.

Is Lynch ($5 million salary in 2014) underpaid compared to Adrian Peterson, Matt Forte, LeSean McCoy and Arian Foster? You could make that argument, but there is always financial inequality in sports.

Perhaps Lynch is not really holding out. Perhaps he is just being his evasive, private self. Maybe he skips mini-camp and then shows up at training camp ready to work.

Hopefully Lynch doesn’t think that he will get a new deal, because it seems unlikely that the Seahawks are going to be eager to work out a more lucrative contract. His best bet is to keep working hard and show that he is worth keeping beyond 2014.

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  • Erockalypse

    Running backs, with the exception of maybe all day are seriously underpaid in my eyes. For how much some of these guys are used and abused. especially for the typically shorter careers than some other positions. This monster has been the front runner of the offense. And we have never hid that fact. Hell, looking at the numbers since he was acquired. It’s something that can’t be hidden. And seeing as he’s not split carries the whole time with another back. He is responsible for a lot of their success. Paythe man dammit. He’s no drama queen or a push over. If he really wants the more deserved cash and doesn’t get it he WILL walk. And the teal WILL feel it.

    • Todd Pheifer

      I agree that they are often underpaid, but life in the NFL is not always fair, particularly when it comes to running backs.

  • Steve Speidel

    Does this article have any research behind it at all? Or just the author’s opinions?
    Here’s my opinion: quietly give the man a million. Or give him an incentive:”another 1200 yards and a Super Bowl win and you get $1,000,000.” He’s worth it.

    • Todd Pheifer

      Thanks for your comment, Steve. This is my opinion, and if I am wrong, then I am wrong. I would like Lynch to be rewarded for his work, but the past practices of NFL franchises suggests that the Seahawks are unlikely to given Lynch more money. Lynch is still a dominant back, but the Seahawks have shown that they are always looking towards the future.

  • Peter Smith

    Taking the two previous comments into consideration, I believe Lynch is worth the upgraded pay next year. That’s not the problem though. I have no doubts that Carroll and company feel the same way, for two reasons. First, he’s obviously not been paid like the performer he has proved to be, so he’s worth more than he’s being paid. Second, piggybacking that first point, he’s kind of due money, in back pay, so to speak, for the value he’s provided us while he’s been here… an upgrade in contract would kind of be a thank you for year’s past when he was outperforming his pay.

    But the problem is more about how much money we have left to spend on next year. I don’t know the numbers, but I would hedge a guess that we’re pretty close to our speculative cap after signing Kevin Williams. I imagine the Seahawks org and Lynch are both aware that his final year of contract likely won’t come into fruition, so next year is the pay day that matters. Lynch wants that up front, and he deserves it, for the reasons stated above, but the Seahawks simply may not have the money to spend next year.

    I know there are ways around all of this, but then there is the whole principle of the matter… its a contract. We’re contracted to pay X amount, which we plan our payroll and cap on. No team likes to have a player change up the game after cap space has been defined based on existing contracts… it throws a wrench into everything. In a way its offensive, and disruptive to team plans. But in most cases its also logically warranted… ‘pay me now for what I’ve been underpaid to do in the past’.

    If the Seahawks can afford to bump his salary enough to keep Lynch happy, I can see them doing it. My guess is he’s asking for more than they can afford. Hopefully they find a balanced resolution that keeps both parties happy.