Lynch ready to breach team regulations to push for extension.
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch will reportedly skip the mandatory team mini-camp next week as he wants a contract extension.
While the player himself could not be reached by the media for comment on Wednesday, the 28-year-old has not attended the team’s voluntary workouts over the last three weeks.
The explosive running back is starting the third year of a four-year deal that is worth $30m, including $6m in signing bonus, but while his base salary for this season will be $5m, it appears as though he isn’t happy with the numbers and will now risk being fined in order to make his point.
“It’s very, very unlikely that Lynch will be there,” said a source close to the situation, as reported by ESPN. “He wants the Seahawks to renegotiate his current contract and provide him with more up-front money.”
The Seahawks acquired Lynch in a trade deal with the Buffalo Bills in 2010, and he has gone on to rush for over 1,000 yards in each of the last three seasons including 1,257 yards and 14 touchdowns in the Super Bowl winning season last year.
In addition, he also has the most touchdowns in the NFL since the start of the 2011 season with 39, while Lynch also boasts the most 100-yard rushing games in the NFL since 2011 with 19.
As a result, the numbers would suggest that he has a case for being rewarded for his efforts on the field, but with the Seahawks already securing the long-term futures of the likes of Richard Sherman, it remains to be seen whether or not they provide Lynch with reassurances over his new deal too.