Two reports Wednesday suggested that Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch may hold out of the team’s mandatory mini-camp next week because he is unhappy with his contract, and specifically that he wants more upfront money.
The first report came from Yahoo.com. Yahoo.com said that the team does not expect Lynch to attend mini-camp, crediting the info to “sources familiar with the team’s thinking.”
ESPN.com reported, quoting a source close to the situation, that it is “very, very unlikely” that Lynch will be at mini-camp and that he wants more upfront money. Also, Pro Football Talk reported that Lynch “hasn’t told anyone what he plans to do” in regards to whether he will attend mini-camp.
So there are now three red flags to consider when selecting Lynch in early drafts: 1) he's unhappy with his contract and may miss offseason activities, 2) he has the talented Christine Michael breathing down his neck, and 3) he still may face some sort of punishment for his reckless driving plea (down from a DUI charge) two years ago. He has been one of the most dependable early round picks in the last three years -- three straight top 5 seasons -- but there are some concerns heading into the 2014 season.