Running back Marshawn Lynch arrived at Seattle Seahawks minicamp Tuesday, ending rumors last week that he might hold out for a new contract.
There were reports that he was showing up as a sign of good faith in hopes of a new deal.
Lynch didn't take part in practice, but was watching on the sidelines. Head coach Pete Carroll said a sore ankle would likely keep Lynch from participate in the minicamp.
At least one teammate wants the Seahawks to give Lynch a raise. Defensive end Michael Bennett spoke to NFL Network Monday and made a plea to Beastmode.
"Come back, Marshawn, come back. We need you," Bennett said. Then, he made a case for Lynch to get a little more money.
"Without Marshawn, we wouldn't win a Super Bowl. Obviously he's one of the best running backs in the game, and he feels like he should be paid like one of the best backs in the game. And, of course, I agree with him. I mean, for a guy to take those kind of hits in the NFL and continue to do it at a high level? Obviously, he wants to be compensated like that and I agree with him.”
Bennett’s brother, who plays for the Chicago Bears, agreed.
"The way that running backs are treated in the league now that, as soon as they get some leverage, they got to try and get paid again, because they'll be out before you know it," said Martellus Bennett.
Lynch is entering the third year of a four-year deal that will reportedly pay him a base salary of $5 million with a $1.5 million signing bonus and a $500,000 roster bonus this year.
Lynch’s rushing yards dropped from 1,590 to 1,257 in 2013, but his touchdown total, rushing and receiving, increased from 12 to 14. He also scored touchdowns in the NFC Championship Game and the Super Bowl.
But at 28, Lynch has passed the average age when running backs begin to show a decline in production, so that could weigh heavily into a decision by the Seahawks on whether to give him a raise. Lynch’s running style, in which he initiates contact rather than trying to avoid it, causes him to get beat up that much more.
Second-year running back Christine Michael has shown flashes of brilliance in practice and preseason and comes with a much smaller price tag. Plus, the Seahawks have to look to next season when they are likely to make Russell Wilson one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in the game.