Marshawn Lynch showed up to minicamp after all. He just didn't do anything during practice.
The Seattle running back is reportedly unhappy with his contract, which has two years remaining, but reported to the Seahawks mandatory minicamp anyway. He was reportedly considering holding out of the minicamp (and there was some retirement speculation), but faced up to $70,000 in fines if he skipped it.
Here's the twist: He didn't actually practice and likely won't this week. He is out with an ankle injury. Pretty crazy coincidence.
“We’re just taking care of it, making sure it’s OK,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said, according to the Seattle Times. “There’s enough there that we don’t want to mess with it.”
Lynch's reported dissatisfaction with his contract hasn't been cleared up, and might not be by the team. No matter how vital Lynch is, it would set a precedent the Seahawks want no part of. For now all we know is that Lynch isn't officially a minicamp holdout, even if it seems he'll have a pretty easy week.
Here are some updates on other players who were threatening to hold out:
TE Vernon Davis and OG Alex Boone, 49ers: Davis did not report to the 49ers' minicamp, ESPN said. He said earlier this week he would hold out, looking for a raise with two years left on his contract. It will be interesting how long he carries his holdout, assuming the 49ers don't give him a new deal, because it will start to get very expensive when training camp starts. He can be fined $30,000 per day in training camp if he holds out.
Boone, who also wants a new contract, also did not report to minicamp. Going into a season in which a championship is a legitimate goal, this isn't what the 49ers wanted to be dealing with.
Coach Jim Harbaugh was very clear that he wasn't happy with the holdouts.
“I’m disappointed in that decision for them not to be here," Harbaugh said, according to CSN Bay Area.
"As a voluntary segment to the offseason and we appreciate those guys volunteering to make the team better,” Harbaugh said. “Now, it’s mandatory and wish they could’ve . . . (it’s) not the decision I envision being the 49er way.”
QB Kyle Orton, Cowboys: Nothing has changed with Orton. He reportedly wants to retire. If he retires, the Cowboys want $3 million of his signing bonus back. That threat didn't seem to move Orton, who did not report to Dallas' minicamp. With Tony Romo still recovering (but, apparently recovering well) from back surgery, newcomer Brandon Weeden took the starting reps in practice.
OLB Justin Houston, Chiefs: Houston was reportedly not planning on attending the Chiefs' minicamp. The Pro Bowl pass rusher, who has one year left on his contract, is said to want a new deal.
WR Andre Johnson, Houston: Johnson didn't show up at minicamp. It doesn't appear to be related to his contract, just the fact that he's sick of losing and apparently doesn't want to be a part of another rebuild with the Texans. His adviser and uncle Andre Melton said Johnson would evaluate whether or not to come to training camp.
“We’ll evaluate it in a month or so and see what’s going on,” Melton told the Houston Chronicle.
TE Jimmy Graham, Saints: Graham wasn't at minicamp, which is no surprise considering his grievance hearing regarding whether he should be franchise tagged as a tight end or receiver is going on this week. Graham wants to be tagged as a receiver, which is worth more than $5 million more than the tight end tag. The NFLPA is arguing that Graham lined up at a receiver position on 67 percent of snaps.
RB Mike Goodson, Jets: Goodson didn't show up at the Jets' mandatory minicamp. The strange part about that is, nobody seems quite sure why.
“That’s good question,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said, according to NJ.com. “I don’t know. I haven’t talked to him. But certainly, I recognize the fact that he’s not there.”
The Jets could end up cutting ties with the veteran running back, who had seven carries last year before suffering a knee injury.
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