The Marshawn Lynch training camp holdout has been a huge story in the past few days, and just like everyone following the story, Pete Carroll and Doug Baldwin have opinions on how the situation should unfold.
But their opinions are on opposite ends of the spectrum.
On Friday, the first day of Seahawks training camp, both men voiced their opinions on the Lynch holdout and NFL contracts in general.
Carroll said that he has no sympathy for Lynch because he signed a contract in Seattle two years ago that was worth a total of $30 million.
In Carroll’s eyes, Lynch signed the papers, now he and his legal team need to stick to that obligation, per USA Today:
“It’s a contract for a reason. We made a decision and it was signed, by us and by them,” Carroll said. “We expect them to honor their contract just as we will. We’re going to honor it and we expect them to do the same.”
Carroll’s comment makes a lot of sense logistically, but one of his players didn’t agree at all.
Doug Baldwin posted a tweet shortly after his head coach’s comments went public.
“I hate the ‘but you signed the contract’ argument,” Baldwin wrote. “Players can’t say that sh–t when organizations cut them…”
It seems as though both Carroll and Baldwin have a point in their respective arguments, but the Seahawks and Lynch need a lot more conversation to get back on the same page.
“I’m hoping that [Michael] will take full advantage of [his opportunities],” Carroll said. “It looks like he’s absolutely ready. He’s in great shape. He’s really tuned in. He’s going to get a great opportunity.”
Lynch will be fined $30,000 for missing Friday’s camp practice and an additional $30,000 for each day he misses from here on out.
The Seahawks, however, are not expected to pay Lynch anything more than he is already set to earn, which is $5 million this year and $5.5 million in 2015.
Who is going to blink first?
I guess we will just have to wait and see.