Sources have confirmed to ESPN and Pro Football Talk that Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is expected to skip a mandatory mini-camp next week because he wants a contract extension. Lynch is entering the third of a four-year deal worth $30 million, including $6 million in signing bonuses. His base salary for 2014 is $5 million and counts $7 million against the salary cap.
If the 28-year-old Lynch, scheduled to earn $5.5 million in 2015, boycotts the three-day mini-camp, it would cost him $70,000 in fines.
According to ESPN’s sources, Lynch wants the Seahawks to renegotiate his current contract and provide him with more up-front money.
Since the Super Bowl, two Seahawks, cornerback Richard Sherman and safety Earl Thomas, agreed to lucrative new deals, Sherman a four-year package worth $56 million, Thomas a four-year, $40 million extension. Both players became the highest-paid at their positions and both were scheduled for significant raises. Lynch is not.
Acquired by the Seahawks in 2010 in a trade from Buffalo, Lynch has rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each of the past three seasons, including 1,257 and 14 touchdowns last season.
Lynch has the most touchdowns in the NFL since the start of the 2011 season with 39, and also the most 100-yard rushing games since 2011 with 19.
Lynch skipped voluntary offseason training activities that end Thursday and also skipped the Seahawks’ visit to the White House last month.