Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network confirms previous reports that Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch is looking for a new contract. However, he has yet to inform Seattle that he will be holding out of mandatory minicamp.
- Rapoport adds that a holdout remains a possibility.
According to Rapoport, the Seahawks aren’t interested in offering him an extension because he is already being paid as a top-five running back. On top of that, negotiating with a new deal with Lynch at this point in his career would set a new precedent for players in a similar situation.
There is definitely a case to be made that Seattle should not acquiesce to his demands for a new deal, but this could be Lynch’s last opportunity to try and secure a new contract that will pay him a competitive salary.
Lynch, 28, is entering the third year of his four-year, $31 million contract. As things stand right now, he is set to make a base salary of $5 million to go along with $500,000 in per-game roster bonuses.
Seattle has an exciting young running back in Christin Michael who they would like to get more work in the coming years, even though there is no doubt that Lynch will remain the team’s No. 1 option this season.
Last year, Lynch appeared in all 16 games and ran for 1,257 yards on 301 carries (4.2 YPC) and scored 14 total touchdowns.
We’ll have more updates regarding the Seahawks and Lynch as the news is available.