Marshawn Lynch Won’t Be a Seahawk in 2015 But Not for Why You Think
Marshawn Lynch will almost certainly not be a Seahawk next year for the final year of his contract. But it has nothing to do with locker room dynamics, disagreements with Pete Carroll, his "workload," how much Carroll has been playing him, Michael Robinson's departure or Percy Harvin. In fact, it will have nothing to do with anything bloggers have been saying all last week.
Lynch's last year of his contract requires the team to pay him $8.5 million. He'll be 29 next year. He's too expensive for his age. Running Backs see a huge decline in their 30s -- especially players who see as many carries as Lynch. If the team cuts him they'll only have to pay a portion of that $8.5 million. To keep Russell Wilson in 2015 the team will likely have to pay him 10 times or more his current salary (under $700,000). They need those millions in Lynch's contract for Wilson. Lynch knows it.
I thought this was a widely understood and accepted, but I guess that was wrong.
Marshawn obviously thinks he's worth the money. I personally haven't seen a decline in his play, but it's coming. Against the Panthers he was... definitely distracted -- but I wouldn't say it's because he's aging. He looked great against the Rams.
So why are all the sports bloggers talking about drama in the locker room? I think it's all crap. It's bloggers trying to make something from nothing.
Lynch is famous for riling up the media because he doesn't talk to them. He doesn't express his feelings to them because he doesn't care what they say. We saw it in the madness leading up to the Super Bowl. And we saw it for years before that.
If you remember during the Super Bowl silence there were rumors about Lynch being hurt, being unhappy, which all turned out to be completely false. In the pre-season Lynch was holding out for more money, which is normal for players to do. Again, there were rumors flying that he was unhappy, or hurt, or wanting to be traded. Again, not true.
Then the Percy Harvin fiasco started. Once that was settled, the media had to find something to talk about, so they immediately shifted to Lynch.
"He's obviously unhappy because he's not talking. He must want to leave the team," they say.
It's easy to talk about a guy who doesn't say anything because he won't argue. He's a guy you can say whatever you want about. But fans should listen to what he does with his action -- his playing on the field. That's the only thing we should care about.
To anyone who understands the longevity of running backs, it's clear his contract is done after this season. Period.