According to Mortensen, the Seahawks have grown tired of Lynch’s ways, including pulling a no-show at the White House Super Bowl ceremony, his training camp holdout and his possible contribution to locker-room distractions.
Interestingly enough, Mortensen mentions that Lynch may have been available for trade before fullback Derrick Coleman broke his foot last weekend.
Sources have told Mortensen that “almost nobody — including Lynch — expects the running back to be on the roster in 2015.”
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network mentioned Sunday morning that he would not be surprised to see the Seahawks move on from Pro Bowl RB Marshawn Lynch following the 2014 season.
“I would not be surprised if the Seahawks took a running back very early in the draft and essentially replace Beast Mode on their roster,” Rapoport said, via NFL Media PR.
Rapoport added that Lynch has had “very little-to-no communication” with HC Pete Carroll and others on the team.
Reports surfaced after the Percy Harvin trade that Lynch was not happy with the roster move. However, Lynch’s agent has downplayed the issues and refuted reports that he was unwilling to get one the team bus after learning of the trade.
Lynch, 28, has one year remaining on his four-year, $31 million contract that included $17 million guaranteed. He’ll make a base salary of $5 million next year to go along with his $8.5 million cap figure.
The Seahawks could free up $4.5 million in cap space next year by parting ways with Lynch, according to OverTheCap.com.
Seattle used a second-round pick on Christine Michael, but he has been active for only one game this season. Michael is a talented player, but there is no question that Lynch is by far their best running back right now.
As for Lynch, he’s ran for 420 yards on 97 carries (4.3 YPC) and has scored six total touchdowns over the course of six games. Lynch currently rates as the No. 6 running back in the league, according to Pro Football Focus.