RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Marshawn Lynch was absent as expected on Friday when the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks began training camp.
Seattle coach Pete Carroll said he was disappointed Lynch was not present. Carroll reiterated the team wants Lynch there and still intends on him being an integral part of their plans for this season.
But the message was clear that Seattle put a plan in place before Lynch was signed to a four-year contract in 2012 and the Seahawks management is not inclined to stray from those plans.
“We’ve had a substantial plan working for us for years now and Marshawn was a big part of this plan. Just a couple of years back we made a big statement and made a big effort for him and we wish that he was with us now,” Carroll said.
“But this a tremendous opportunity for the guys getting their shot. Robert Turbin and Christine Michael they’re ready to go and really fired up about this opportunity and are going to try and take full advantage of it.”
Carroll said he’s remained in communication with Lynch during the offseason. Lynch showed up for the mandatory minicamp in June to avoid a hefty fine, but now faces fines of $30,000 for each day of camp he misses.
Lynch made known his intentions on holding out from camp on Thursday when former teammate Michael Robinson said on NFL Network that Lynch was unhappy with the structure of his contract. Lynch can make up to $5.5 million this season in base pay and roster bonuses. It’s the third year of a four-year contract.
Lynch has been the workhorse for Seattle’s offense since his arrival via trade during the 2010 season. Lynch has 1,066 carries for 4,624 yards and 41 touchdowns in the regular season since joining the Seahawks.
“I’m hoping that he will be back with us,” Carroll said.
In Lynch’s place, Turbin and Michael took most of the reps at running back Friday. Turbin is entering his third season, while Michael barely saw the field last year as a rookie as he struggled with the transition between college and the NFL.
“We all wish he was here,” Michael said. “He’s a great leader. We learn a lot from him. He’ll be back soon.”
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