Seahawks’ Lynch starts holdout over contract

Updated: July 25, 2014, 2:13 PM ET

By Terry Blount |

RENTON, Wash. — As expected, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch did not attend the first day of training camp Friday, officially starting his holdout over changes he wants to his contract.

Seattle general manager John Schneider talked about Lynch’s situation Friday morning, but did not say whether the organization was willing to meet Lynch’s desire to restructure the final two years on his contract.

[+] EnlargeMarshawn Lynch

Joe Barrentine/Tacoma News Tribune/Getty ImagesMarshawn Lynch did not attend Seahawks training camp on Friday over issues he has with his contract.

“Without being specific, obviously, we don’t talk people’s contracts,” Schneider said on 710 ESPN Seattle radio. “We all love Marshawn, but he made a decision not to be here.

“The thing I would say, without getting into it too deep, is we’ve had a plan in place for several years. Just two years ago, Marshawn was one of the first guys we were able to reward.”

Lynch is in the third year of a four-year, $ 30 million deal. He received $ 6 million of it in a signing bonus. Lynch will make $ 5 million in base salary this season and $ 5.5 million in 2015, but he wants more money up front or more money guaranteed.

Schneider was asked if he would be comfortable starting the season with backup running backs Christine Michael and Robert Turbin.

“It’s a fair question,” he said. “I think Lynch, obviously, is a heck of a running back. But just like last year with [cornerback] Brandon Browner, Byron Maxwell stepped up when he had to go. It’s the environment here of the next man up. That’s no disrespect to Marshawn. Everyone knows what he can do. I mean, the man caused an earthquake [the 2011 Beast Quake playoff TD against New Orleans].”

Schneider also was asked what he thought of second-year running back Michael.

“Christine has worked his tail off and took a big step forward in his work ethic and maturity level,” Schneider said. “He’s more focused than he has been.”

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