The Kansas City Chiefs bowed to running back Jamaal Charles yesterday when they gave him a two-year extension after he threatened to holdout.
Surely, that caught the eye of Marshawn Lynch, who wants his contract reworked. Former Seahawk Michael Robinson just reported on the NFL Network that Lynch will hold out of training camp. Lynch is entering the third year of a four-year, $30 million deal.
If Lynch doesn’t attend camp, he will incur fines of $30,000 per day, plus a partial forfeiture of his $6 million signing bonus if he holds out five days or more.
Charles’ new deal makes him the NFL’s second-highest paid running back (Adrian Peterson remains at the top). His new contract runs through 2017 and pays him $18.1 million for the additional two years. He received a boost of $5.1 million during the next two seasons, including a $4.4 million increase this season, according to ESPN. Charles was set to make $3.9 million in 2014 with a base salary of $2.65 million.
As much as the Seahawks rely on Lynch, the Chiefs rely on Charles more. He led the league with 35.3 percent of the team’s yards from scrimmage. He also led the league with 19 total touchdowns.
Charles is 27 and was woefully underpaid. Lynch is 28 and is under contract to make $7 million this season and $9 million next year. It sounds like he wants more money upfront, knowing his time with the team could be coming to a close when his contract ends, if not after this season as the Seahawks try to massage the salary cap.
Seattle also has Christine Michael behind Lynch, who could be an effective and inexpensive option. Robert Turbin’s contract is up after the 2015 season.
The Chiefs have young Knile Davis behind Charles, a third-round pick in 2013, certainly not someone viewed as having the same potential as Michael.
The Seahawks are currently $7,121,573 under the cap.
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network added this:
The #Seahawks learned in the last few days that Marshawn Lynch would hold out for camp. And no, they still don’t plan on paying him.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 24, 2014