NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that the Seahawks learned in the last few days that Lynch would hold out, per a source familiar with the organization's thinking. After learning of Lynch's declaration, they still don't plan on paying him, Rapoport reported.
Lynch reported to Seattle's mandatory minicamp, but is looking for a raise after another standout season with the Seahawks. The team recently handed out new contracts to cornerback Richard Sherman and safety Earl Thomas.
Lynch faces a rolling $30,000 fine for every day he sits out.
Lynch signed a four-year, $30 million deal with the Seahawks in 2012 and is scheduled to earn $5.5 million in 2014. Perhaps not coincidentally, we learn of Lynch's plans only one day after the Kansas City Chiefs responded to a Jamaal Charles holdout threat by handing out a contract extension.
They are different cases, however. Charles is a younger, more dynamic player and could legitimately say he was the lynchpin of his offense. Lynch simply doesn't have the same leverage, and the Seahawks have a younger and cheaper alternative standing by in Christine Michael.
The Seahawks could play hardball here. Then what?