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Marshawn Lynch: 5 Ways His Holdout Will Hurt Seattle Seahawks

5 Ways Marshawn Lynch Holdout Will Hurt Seattle Seahawks

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Marshawn Lynch will not report to training camp for the Seattle Seahawks. The enigmatic running back is looking for a raise on top of the fairly lucrative contract he's already playing under, and the Seahawks don't appear particularly willing to give it to him. Lynch's holdout looks like it will only hurt the team, and here are 5 ways that it will do so.

5. Production at the Goal Line

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5. Production at the Goal Line

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It's not tremendously common for a starter to also function as his team's short-yardage back, but Lynch does that for the Seahawks. It won't be easy to replace his effectiveness in those situations, especially at the goal line.

4. Questions from Teammates

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4. Questions from Teammates

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It's one thing to hold out if you're severely underpaid; it's quite another to hold out when you're being fairly compensated. Lynch is on the third year of a four-year contract worth $31 million, reasonable value for a top-5 running back. It would hardly be a surprise if some teammates around the notoriously tight Seahawks locker room start asking questions about Lynch's commitment to winning by their side.

3. Frayed Relationship With the Seattle Organization

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3. Frayed Relationship With the Seattle Organization

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Holdouts are nasty business, and this one's pretty unique in that the player in question is already being paid approximately what he deserves. Neither Lynch nor the team is going to come out of this being happy with the other side, and that doesn't bode well for the future.

2. Christine Michael May Not Be Able to Handle Starting

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2. Christine Michael May Not Be Able to Handle Starting

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Christine Michael looked promising in very limited duty during the 2013 season, but now he's going to be asked to take over the starting role on a run-heavy team and replace one of the best backs in football. Michael has his work cut out for him, and Seattle's offense is suddenly looking a lot less intimidating than it used to.

1. Lynch's Conditioning

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1. Lynch's Conditioning

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A major benefit of attending training camp is that it helps players get back into game shape. The "he's behind on his conditioning" storyline follows around nearly every player who holds out for a new deal, and it seems like Lynch is in it for the long haul. Even if he returns to the team at some point during the season, it's probable that Lynch won't be himself for a while. In the tough NFC West, this could cost the Seahawks home field.

Sean Sarcu is a Chicago Blackhawks writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.