By Jarrod Patterson @J_M_Patterson on July 29, 2014
The big news out of Seattle this week was the absence of Seahawks Pro Bowl RB Marshawn Lynch. The news was first reported by former Seahawks FB Michael Robinson, who was Lynch's teammate last season during Seattle's dominant playoff run. It seems Lynch is wanting a contract extension, and coming off a Super Bowl win, it's hard to blame him. Here are five reasons why Lynch is justified in his holdout.
Marshawn Lynch is 28 years old. While that isn't even middle-aged by normal American standards, it's getting up there for an NFL running back. Unfortunately, Lynch is the type of back who takes a beating too. His style of running tends to wear guys down around the 30-year-old mark. With Lynch slated to hit free agency after next season, it could be now or never for the Seahawks' All-Pro.
Ever since head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider arrived together in 2010, the Seahawks have done everything they could to establish a smash-mouth identity on offense to pair with their top-ranked defense. That identity certainly came to fruition last year in the playoffs, culminating in a dominant Super Bowl victory. Yet, throughout all the change in Seattle, the one constant has been Lynch in the backfield.
As improbable as it may be, Marshawn Lynch has been one of the most durable running backs in the NFL since arriving in Seattle. In fact, he's missed only one game since 2010. That's unbelievably impressive considering the amount of tackles he breaks. While nobody believes he can keep it up forever, Lynch has shown no signs of slowing down recently. In fact, he seems feistier than ever with the added competition behind him.
Lynch has rushed for over 1,200 yards in each of the past three seasons. He has also scored 39 total touchdowns over that span. No other running back in the NFL can claim to have done that. If you add the Lombardi Trophy to the mix, it proves that Lynch has really done something special during his time in the Pacific Northwest.
It's clear how valuable Lynch has been to Seattle. The question is, how valuable will he be going forward? With Christine Michael and Robert Turbin behind him chomping at the bit, the truth is, Lynch may be more expendable than ever regardless of how popular he is. However, with the progression of the passing game along with the increased talent along the offensive line, Lynch could be in for a career year with plenty of value in the short-term.
Let's be honest, nobody wants Lynch to leave Seattle (outside division rivals). Unfortunately for the 12th Man, if he takes this holdout seriously and tries to force a trade or release as a result of not getting paid, Lynch could very well get his wish. After all, it doesn't look like management is going to budge with two years and $ 13 million left on his contract still being owed, regardless of how justified he may be.
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