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Seahawks RB Lynch to end holdout

Published On: Jul 31 2014 04:26:23 PM CDT
Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch, Super Bowl media day

Carlo Allegri/Reuters

RENTON, Wash. -

And on the ninth day, Beast Mode returns.

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is expected to end his holdout Friday, nine days after the defending Super Bowl champions reporting to training camp. He is subject to a $30,000 fine for each day he misses in camp, but many veterans are successful in getting excessive fines forgiven as part of their return.

Lynch is in the third year of his contract and hoped the team would offer to alter his contract, a four-year deal signed in 2012 that has two years remaining.

Lynch is due a $5 million base salary in 2014 and $5.5 million in 2015. He turned 28 in April and has averaged 300 carries the past three years -- with an NFL-high 901 in that span -- leading to speculation the team might release him before the 2015 season. That's why some have theorized Lynch is looking for more up-front money in case he's not around in '15.

With Lynch away, Robert Turbin received most of the work with the first-team offense.

Head coach Pete Carroll said last week that Lynch was in violation of his contract, which is defined as "a contract for a reason."

He would not comment on Lynch's contract issues, saying the team does not comment on financial issues.

Carroll, though, said the way Lynch has handled the offseason -- he also skipped OTAs --- has been in keeping with the team's plan.

"I've talked to him a number of times and everybody at one time or another has been in contact with him," Carroll said. "... He's got a great relationship with our club and our teammates and the coaches and all that. We have rested him a lot in the offseason. He takes a big pounding during the year. It takes him a long time to get his body back to where he doesn't feel the rigors of the season."

Carroll said during minicamp that he fully expects Lynch to again be the focus of the Seattle offense in 2014.

"We expect (Lynch) to come right back in and battling and doing the things that he does," Carroll said. "Turbo (Robert Turbin) and Christine (Michael), those guys want some time, too, and they are battling and had a great offseason for us. But Marshawn has really been the guy for us and we love everything about the way he plays and what he brings to this team and he has never taken a step backwards at any time for us in all the time that we've been here."

Offensive line coach/assistant head coach Tom Cable echoed that sentiment in an interview with 710 ESPN radio in Seattle last month. Cable said the Seahawks would be "better off" if Beast Mode showed up, but that the silver lining would be Turbin and Michael getting increased reps.

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