Former Seahawks safety Jordan Babineaux, who now works for the NFL Network, said on the NFL Network that he spoke with Marshawn Lynch on Thursday and that Lynch — who has two years left on a four-year contract worth up to $30 million — indeed wants to be paid a little more.
And in a separate interview with KJR-AM, Babineaux said Lynch is looking for a “small token of appreciation” from the Seahawks.
Reached tonight by the Times, Babineaux confirmed that money is at the heart of the issue, specifically that Lynch would like to get some more this season, given the realities of NFL contracts and that there’s a chance Lynch wouldn’t be with the team in 2015.
“This year is more (important) than the last year of the deal,” Babineaux said. “It’s this year.”
Babineaux went on to say that Lynch could still decide to retire. We're not sure if the Seahawks are going to respond to Lynch's tactics as it would set a dangerous precedent. Stay tuned.