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Lynch returns

Wed., June 18, 2014

Running back’s holdout doesn’t happen

RENTON – Marshawn Lynch was back as the Seahawks opened their mandatory three-day minicamp Tuesday.

The way coach Pete Carroll saw it, though, Lynch had never really left.

Carroll mostly shrugged at the attention given to the fact that Lynch showed up for minicamp following five days of speculation that he might sit it out in an attempt to get alterations to his contract.

“Yeah, it was a big story,’’ Carroll said dryly afterward. “We expected him to be here and he’s here, you know?’’

Lynch didn’t do anything during practice, instead standing on the sidelines and often joking with teammates and coaches. But Carroll said that was by design. Carroll said Lynch recently “tweaked’’ his ankle and likely won’t take the field during the three days of the minicamp, which ends Thursday.

“We’re just taking care of it, making sure it’s OK,’’ Carroll said. “There’s enough there that we don’t want to mess with it.’’

Reports began to surface Thursday that Lynch might skip minicamp and that he’d like the Seahawks to do something to beef up a four-year contract he signed in 2012, paying him a possible total of $30 million.

An ESPN report Tuesday stated that Lynch showed up believing the Seahawks will make a “good faith’’ effort to give him some more money, specifically for the 2014 season, when he is due a base salary of $5 million. Getting money in 2014 has been said to be a priority for Lynch because there has been speculation the team could release him before the 2015 season. By attending minicamp, he avoids fines that could have reached as much as $70,000.

Carroll said he would not comment on whether Lynch is unhappy with his deal, saying it is team policy not to discuss player contracts. Lynch did not speak to the media.

Lynch also didn’t attend any of the team’s nine OTAs spread over the previous three weeks, and speculation last week hinted that might also have been due to his contract. Carroll, though, said Lynch’s inactivity is simply business as usual for a running back who has averaged 300 carries the past three seasons and turned 28 in April.

“I’ve talked to him a number of times and everybody at one time or another has been in contact with him,’’ Carroll said.

“… He’s got a great relationship with our club and our teammates and the coaches and all that. We have rested him a lot in the offseason. He takes a big pounding during the year.”

Williams likes style

Defensive tackle Kevin Williams, signed the day before, participated throughout, wearing No. 94.

Williams said he initially envisions competing for a spot as an early down-run defender, a role that would be similar to that held the past few years by Red Bryant.

Williams, who played the past 11 years with Minnesota, was reportedly offered more money by New England before agreeing to a one-year deal with Seattle that could top $2 million. “I think at the end of the day they are doing some great things with a bunch of young guys,’’ he said of signing with Seattle. “A chance to play in a great rotation at the defensive line. I think it’s the best fit for me.’’


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