Marshawn Lynch wants a new contract following his performances that saw him lift the Superbowl in 2014. It's just a shame then that the Seattle Seahawks aren't as eager to get negotiations started as the star running back.
The ball does seem to be in the Seahawks' court right now, and the World Champions have made it be known that they are ready to carry on their pre-season without the 'Beast Mode' star and possibly even their future as a whole.
Seattle head coach Pete Carroll noted that it was a shame that Lynch was taking the actions he was, but admitted that there was life after the 28-year old.
“Sure, yeah — I’m disappointed he’s not here,” Carroll said to SI’s Doug Farrar. “We wish he was with us now, but this is a tremendous opportunity for the guys that are getting their shot. Robert Turbin and Christine Michael, they’re ready to go and really fired up about this opportunity. We’ll try to take full advantage of it.”
Lynch has carried the ball more times than any other running back in the NFL over the last three years. In that time the Seahawks have become the league's best side, and they owe a lot of it to the back who has carried much of the workload while Russell Wilson has grown into his role as an NFL quarterback.
Despite how much Lynch wants the Seahawks to re-construct the potential $5.5 million in base salary this year and $7.5 million in 2015, it's not likely the Seahawks are going to budge. They simply don't have to right now and the running back could only be hurting himself.
And remember Wilson in all of this, the former North Carolina and Wisconsin quarterback beat out Matt Flynn who had just been handed a huge contract in free agency. Seattle aren't afraid to sit a big name on the bench and it could well happen again.