Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
NFL notes: Marshawn Lynch missing as Seahawks camp begins
NFL notes » Running back protesting his contract structure.
First Published Jul 25 2014 11:52 pm • Last Updated Jul 25 2014 11:52 pm

Marshawn Lynch famously said during Super Bowl week that he was "all about that action, boss."

His action on Friday was defiance. The Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks opened training camp and Lynch chose to stay away because of his current contract situation.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

Beast Mode’s status: absent and unhappy.

"Everybody is calling him, but it’s a business at the end of the day," Seattle defensive end Michael Bennett said. "... So all you can do is support him. You want him to be here, but as a player you understand the business side too."

Lynch’s absence was expected after former teammate Michael Robinson said Thursday night on NFL Network that Lynch would not show for the opening day of camp.

Seattle coach Pete Carroll said he was disappointed Lynch was not present, while reiterating the team wants him there and intends on him being an integral part of their plans for this season.

But the message was clear that Seattle put a plan in place before Lynch was signed to a four-year contract in 2012 and the Seahawks management is not inclined to stray from those plans.

"We’ve had a substantial plan working for us for years now and Marshawn was a big part of this plan. Just a couple of years back we made a big statement and made a big effort for him and we wish that he was with us now," Carroll said.

"But this is a tremendous opportunity for the guys getting their shot. Robert Turbin and Christine Michael, they’re ready to go and really fired up about this opportunity and are going to try and take full advantage of it."

In Lynch’s place, Turbin and Michael took most of the reps at running back Friday. Turbin, from Utah State, is entering his third season, while Michael, from Texas A&M, barely saw the field last year as a rookie as he struggled with the transition between college and the NFL.


story continues below
story continues below

Friday’s result was building throughout the offseason with Lynch staying away from organized team activities and rumors that he would skip June’s mandatory minicamp in protest of his contract structure.

Lynch showed up for the minicamp in June to avoid a hefty fine. But he finally decided to make a stand with the start of training camp.

Manziel admits ‘rookie mistakes’

Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel says he "made some rookie mistakes" during the offseason and vowed to be focused on just football in the future.

Speaking on the eve of Cleveland’s first training camp practice, Manziel briefly addressed his behavior during the offseason when photos of him partying around the country were a weekly occurrence. Manziel said he has spoken to Browns coach Mike Pettine and general manager Ray Farmer and "we’ve been on the same page." Manziel said he spoke them about a photo of him holding a rolled up $20 bill, but he provided no other details.

Manziel said he wants to represent the Browns in a "positive manner and a positive light."

The former college star enters his first camp as Cleveland’s No. 2 quarterback.

Next Page >


Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment


About Reader Comments


Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Videos
Jobs
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.