Updated:RENTON, Wash. —
- Marshawn Lynch showed up at minicamp
- He reportedly wants a pay increase
- If he didn't show, he could be fined $70,000
- Rumors of retirement could be negotiating tactic
All eyes were on the Seahawks minicamp Tuesday to see if star running back Marshawn Lynch would show up.
Lynch did attend and was at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center early Tuesday afternoon.
Insiders said earlier that the Seahawks didn't expect Lynch to to show up for minicamp at 1:30 p.m.
He reportedly hasn't said anything to the team, but a few current and former teammates said “Beast Mode” is looking for more cash.
The bruising running back has two years left on his current contract, which will pay him $5 million this coming season and $5.5 million the year after.
But Lynch is thought to want more money up front in case the Seahawks release him after next year.
Lynch will be 29 next year, which is young to most, but it’s considered older for a physical running back like number 24.
The Hawks seem to have a succession plan in place with running backs Christine Michael and Robert Turbin on the roster.
But according to reports, the Seahawks are unlikely to restructure Lynch's deal because they don't want to set that precedent.
As for reports that Lynch could retire from football if he doesn't get more money, that comes from former teammate Jordan Babineaux, who told the NFL Network he wouldn't be surprised if Lynch walks away.
Many think it’s just a negotiating tactic.
If Lynch didn't show up for work, he could have been fined up to $70,000.