That was fast: Marshawn Lynch ends his holdout

Frank Schwab
July 31, 2014

Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch didn't have much negotiating power, and all his holdout was going to do was cost him a lot of money with some huge fines.

At least Lynch realized that sooner rather than later. Lynch reported to camp Thursday.

ESPN reported that he won't get a new deal or more money but will receive some "financial concessions" to his contract, which could mean some of his salary becomes guaranteed.

Lynch's holdout didn't even last until Seattle's first preseason game, and for good reason. The Seattle Times wrote on Wednesday that between a $30,000 daily fine and the Seahawks being able to fine him a percentage of his signing bonus, Lynch had already reached $405,000 in possible fines. With the way the CBA is set up to heavily fine players for holdouts, they're really not worth it anymore unless a player holds a lot of leverage. San Francisco guard Alex Boone is holding out, and that one probably won't end to his liking either. 

Lynch didn't have any leverage to get the new deal he wanted. The Seahawks already pay him well (he was the sixth-highest paid running back in terms of base salary, after Kansas City's Jamaal Charles signed a new deal) and Seattle had 2013 second-round pick Christine Michael ready if Lynch's holdout went into the regular season.

That was never going to happen. Lynch's holdout accomplished very little, but at least "Beast Mode" is back with the Seahawks and they can go about their business of trying to repeat as Super Bowl champs.

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