The Seattle Seahawks kick off their 3-day mandatory minicamp on June 17, and they might be without star running back Marshawn Lynch. Yahoo! Sports is reporting the team "doesn't expect" the 2013 Pro Bowler to be there. According to Rand Getlin, Lynch is thought to be unhappy with his contract, but whether or not that is the only reason is still unclear. While Lynch regularly skips offseason OTAs, this would reportedly be his first absence from a mandatory minicamp in his career. The timing of Darrell Bevell's running-back-by-committee comments last week, then back-tracking this week, is interesting, and may point to some dialogue between the two sides.
This report too would seem to indicate Lynch or a representative have spoken with the Seahawks to suggest he will skip camp, but we won't really know until June 17 gets here. Lynch is currently signed through the 2015 season on a deal originally signed in 2012. He is due $5 million in salary, plus $500,000 in game-day roster bonuses in 2014. He would then be due $5.5 million plus $2 million in game-day roster bonuses in 2015. He can also earn $500,000 in each of 2014 and 2015 if he surpasses 1,500 yards each season.
If Lynch skips all three days of minicamp, he would be fined $69,455. Article 42 of the CBA prescribes a fine of $11,575 for missing one day of minicamp, another $23,150 for missing the second day, and another $34,730 for missing the third day.
DK note: Special thanks to David Fucillo for quickly gathering information on Lynch's reported absence, his contract specifics, and details from the CBA.