Marshawn Lynch returned to the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday after holding out of training camp and missing a total of eight Seahawks camp practices.
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The veteran running back had originally said he would not return to the team until his four-year, $30 million contract was renegotiated, but it seems he has had a change of heart.
The Seahawks, meanwhile, originally stated they would not renegotiate anything with Lynch, but new reports say they are compromising by trying to “to add some financial concessions to his contract,” according to ESPN.com.
Lynch is scheduled to make $5 million in base salary in 2014, but because he missed mandatory camp days, he is expected to be fined nearly $500,000.
The return of Lynch is obviously great news for the Seahawks and it means that now the team can focus on football again.
"“Obviously, to have a guy like Marshawn back with us, a man who has been to four Pro Bowls, is something we definitely want,” Wilson said. “Marshawn is one of those guys who has a knack for playing football. His running ability is unique and one of a kind. He brings whole other level of experience. He’s an elite football player.”"
With Lynch seeming to be more cooperative now, the team can start focusing on their first preseason game, which is now just one week away.
It’s hard to believe that the 2014 season’s kickoff between the Seahawks and Green Bay Packers is only a month away, but it is.
Lynch can be expected to handle the majority of the carries in the backfield, as he has done for the past three seasons, but we may see a little more ball-carrying from Christine Michael too.
I would say that once the regular season starts, the ratio will be something like 75-25 or 70-30 between Lynch and Michael.
The focus is back on the football team’s quest to repeat — and that’s right where it should be.