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Marshawn Lynch refusing to play for Seattle Seahawks

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Marshawn Lynch may have just won a SuperBowl with the Seattle Seahawks, but that doesn't mean the star running back is happy with his current situation in Seattle.

Lynch plans to hold out and refuse to participate on the opening day of training camp and possibly even further in an attempt to get himself a new contract with the franchise.

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New Contract

The 'Beast Mode' star wants his contract re-negotiated with more money up front this season. He is starting the third year of a four-year deal that pays him $30 million after joining from the Buffalo Bills.

Lynch has a base salary of $5 million this season and $5.5 million in 2015, but he will count $7 million against the salary cap this year and $9 million next year. He was on such a low contract because of the circumstances he was in following being suspended for having a gun in his backpack on top of poor performances for the Bills at the start of the 2010 season.

Lynch did not attend any of the voluntary organized team activities in the offseason, but he did attend Seattle's minicamp last month, believing the Seahawks would negotiate in good faith to make changes to his contract.

Face of the Franchise

However, he did not participate in the practice sessions because of a sore ankle.

"I really think he just wants his position in the organization and how they view him, he just wants that re-calibrated a little bit," his friend and former Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson said on the NFL Network yesterday. "He's been the face of the franchise, he's been the face of the organization."

Fines and Forfeitures

If Lynch isn't at camp, he will be given fines of $30,000 per day he misses, along with the prospect of forfeiting a piece of his $6 million signing bonus if he holds out from participating for five days or more.

The 28-year old Lynch has been the workhorse of the Seattle offense the past three years, rushing for 4,051 yards on 901 carries, racking up 39 touchdowns along the way on the ground and in the air.

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