Jordan Babineaux: Marshawn Lynch wants to be paid


Marshawn Lynch told a few teammates before the Super Bowl that he would consider retirement if the Seahawks won Super Bowl XLVIII. Despite unhappiness with his contract, it doesn't sound like that's a realistic option right now.

NFL Media's Jordan Babineaux said on NFL AM that he spoke with Lynch on Thursday from Oakland, and he can't see Lynch hanging up his cleats.

"I don't see Marshawn walking away just yet," Babineaux said Friday morning. "He's working on his training. He's doing the normal things that he always does. We actually went out last week when I was in Seattle and he and I had a conversation and had a drink. The bottom line is, it is about the money. When a guy starts producing the way Marshawn has been producing, he wants to be paid."

Babineaux correctly noted that the Seahawks probably didn't have the salary-cap room to give Lynch a raise after the contracts they gave out this offseason. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the Seahawks aren't inclined to give Lynch any more money because he's already paid like a top-five running back, and it sets a bad precedent to renegotiate contracts only halfway through a four-year deal.

It's hard to imagine the Seahawks giving Lynch a new contract, and it's hard to imagine Lynch sitting out the season. We expect to see Lynch in a Seahawks uniform again; the only question is when?

At this stage, it doesn't sound like he'll be at his team's mandatory minicamp this offseason. And it makes sense if he skips some of training camp as well, because what veterans want to show up for training camp?

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