He's apparently all about that asset, boss.
OK, so the pun fails miserably, but Marshawn Lynch must be hoping that his latest strategy — he's reportedly planning on skipping mandatory minicamp next week because he wants an extension — works beautifully.
Whether it's a sound idea for the Seattle Seahawks running back might be another issue altogether.
Yahoo! Sports' Rand Getlin first reported that Lynch was unlikely to attend. ESPN.com is reporting a reason for that absence: that Lynch would, stunningly, like more money added to his current contract.
"It's very, very unlikely that Lynch will be there,'' a source close to the situation said in the report. "He wants the Seahawks to renegotiate his current contract and provide him with more up-front money."
Lynch, 28, is entering the third year of a four-year contract that is worth a total of $30 million, which included a $6 million signing bonus. Lynch's base salary this season is $5 million (it counts $7 million against the salary cap), and his 2015 base salary is $5.5 million (and count $9 million against the cap). Lynch already has made $17 million on the deal the past two seasons.
If he remains away from the minicamp, which opens Tuesday, he'd be subject to fines adding up to $70,000. Lynch has not reported to any of the voluntary camps the past three weeks. He also did not attend the Seahawks' White House ceremony to commemorate their Super Bowl championship.
It's an awkward time for Lynch and the Seahawks right now because his best days might actually be behind him. No one is even close to suggesting that Lynch doesn't have anything left in the tank, but 28 is an age where many backs — especially those who have had such heavy usage, such as Lynch — start fading.
Plus, Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell initially said last week that the team planned to use a running-back-by-committee approach before slightly backtracking on that statement. Robert Turbin was Lynch's primary backup last season, but it would not be surprising to see Christine Michael (18 carries as a rookie) become a more significant contributor on offense this season.
Could this be the final year of Lynch in Seattle? It's possible. If Michael and Turbin perform well in their (perhaps) expanded roles this season, the team could opt out of the final year of Lynch's deal and decide that $9 million is just too much for a soon-to-be 30-year-old back at that point.
Which gives you an idea of how likely a new deal for Lynch is. Oh, the team certainly could alter his contract slightly, but the idea of more new money at this point appears largely unlikely. And if Lynch skips the event next week, he'll achieve the opposite effect by incurring a fine.
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