Despite being one of the key players behind the Seahawks’ rise to an NFL powerhouse, the team does not appear inclined to let “Beast Mode” Marshawn Lynch have his way as he continues his contract holdout.
The Seattle Seahawks are finishing their first full week of training camp without All-Pro RB Marshawn Lynch – and if the team is not fine with it, the front office certainly is.
Seahawks GM John Schneider indicated that the loss of Marshawn Lynch – whether it be for a few days or weeks or even months – will not prevent the team from moving forward with their plan to continue building the team.
“Everybody loves Beast Mode (Marshawn Lynch). We love him and respect the guy,” Schneider told The Seattle Times on Tuesday. “…We’re just going with our plan, and I know it’s cliché-ish but next man up. We’ve had a plan in place here for a number of years, and we can’t veer from that plan for one person because it’s the ultimate team sport.”
The next RB on the depth chart is Christine Michael, the team’s 2nd round draft pick in 2013. He is expected to get the start in the regular season if Lynch does not report to the team.
Lynch is currently holding out for a raise. He received a 4-year, $31 million contract in 2011 but believes he has outperformed it.
The Seahawks have recently given contract extensions to All-Pro DBs Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman, and will have to give an extension to QB Russell Wilson in the near future.