SEATTLE Jamaal Charles holdout threatsucceeded without him even missing a practice. Now Marshawn Lynch will try the same tactic with the Seattle Seahawks.
Both star running backs had two years remaining on their existing contracts until Wednesday, when Charles, 27, got a two-year extension and a $4.4 million raise in 2014 from the Chiefs shortly after teammates reported to camp.
On Thursday, Lynch, 28, told his friend and former teammate Michael Robinson, who now works as an analyst for NFL Network, he intends to hold out in hopes of getting an upgrade on his own deal, which is scheduled to pay him $5.5 million this season and $7.5 million next.
Lynch s mother, Delisa, confirmed to USA TODAY Sports that her son remained at home in the Bay Area late Thursday afternoon and intends to hold out rather than joining the Seahawks for Friday s opening practice of training camp.
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Like Charles, Lynch has every reason to try to get his money while he can. Running backs value depreciates too quickly not to. So, Lynch is making a bet and risking $30,000 a day in fines that his value will never be higher after he helped carry Seattle to a Super Bowl win in February.
Like many franchises, though, the Seahawks are reluctant to redo deals with more than one year remaining. They just paid top dollar for star cornerback Richard Sherman and safety Earl Thomas and have negotiations ahead with quarterback Russell Wilson, among others.
Coach Pete Carroll embraces competition at every position. And the Seahawks have an explosive backup plan in Christine Michael (albeit one with 18 career carries). Had Michael been more prepared to be a pro as a rookie last season, Lynch s workload might have been reduced already.
As long as you have a guy like Lynch, you want to ride him. But the Seahawks aren t about one guy, as general manager John Schneider made clear when receiver Percy Harvin sat out the start of camp last year and ended up having hip surgery. The show must go on.
How much is Lynch worth to the Seahawks? He s about to find out.