It’s amazing what winning a world championship can do to a team and/or player. The Seattle Seahawks won the Super Bowl so easily that it almost seems like their players are just living in a fantasy land waiting on next season to begin. Marshawn Lynch is obviously on cloud nine because he’s reportedly planning to hold out for a new contract. In other words, he’s lost his marbles.
ESPN is reporting Lynch will skip the Seahawks’ mandatory three-day minicamp, which would result in a fine of almost $70,000. Of course, that’s a drop in the bucket compared to what the Pro Bowl running back is scheduled to earn this year.
Lynch’s base salaries for the 2014 and ’15 seasons are $5 and $5.5 million with another $2.5 million coming his way in roster bonuses during that time. While he is justified in not wanting to talk to the media, he has absolutely no basis off which to demand a raise from Seattle.
Lynch apparently hasn’t noticed the value of running backs in the NFL has plummeted over the past two years and he should consider himself lucky to be earning his current base salary. Having said that, Lynch is one of the best running backs in the league and he is the motor behind the Seahawks’ offense, but he’s crazy if he thinks Seattle is going to give a 28-year-old bruiser a raise after he carried the ball over 900 times the past three years.
Furthermore, Lynch is a two-down back on a team playing in what is rapidly becoming an all-passing league. Of course, the Seahawks won the Super Bowl because they are an old-school squad with a great defense and punishing run game, so maybe that’s why Lynch thinks he deserves more money.
Finally, Seattle also has Christine Michael on the roster, a 2013 second-round pick who is expected to be the next big thing in the NFL. He’s 23 and can be a three-down back for the Seahawks if/when Lynch is no longer with the team.
In short, Lynch has been extremely valuable to the Seahawks’ offense, but that fact is changing quickly. He should probably “unfriend” whoever told him that holding out this offseason was a good idea.