RENTON, Wash. – Marshawn Lynch was absent as expected on Friday when the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks began training camp.
Seattle coach Pete Carroll said he was disappointed Lynch was not present. Carroll reiterated the team wants Lynch there and still plans on him being an integral part of their plans for this season.
But the message was clear that Seattle put a plan in place before Lynch was signed to a four-year contract in 2012, and the Seahawks’ management is not inclined to stray from those plans.
We’ve had a substantial plan working for us for years now and Marshawn was a big part of this plan. Just a couple of years back we made a big statement and made a big effort for him and we wish that he was with us now, Carroll said.
But this a tremendous opportunity for the guys getting their shot. Robert Turbin and Christine Michael they’re ready to go and really fired up about this opportunity and are going to try and take full advantage of it.
Carroll said he’s remained in communication with Lynch during the offseason. Lynch showed up for the mandatory minicamp in June to avoid a hefty fine but now faces fines of $30,000 for each day of camp he misses.
Lynch made known his intentions of holding out from camp Thursday when former teammate Michael Robinson said on NFL Network that Lynch was unhappy with the structure of his contract. Lynch can make up to $5.5 million this season in base pay and roster bonuses. It’s the third year of a four-year contract.
Cleveland Pro Bowl wide receiver Josh Gordon reported to training camp as he awaits an appeal hearing with the NFL on a possible suspension.
Gordon is scheduled to meet with the league Friday. He’s facing an indefinite suspension for violating the substance abuse policy for at least the third time. Gordon was suspended for the first two games last season.
Gordon participated with Cleveland’s other veterans in a conditioning test Friday. Defensive tackle Phil Taylor didn’t complete the sprints, and tight end Gary Barnidge was helped off the field by trainers before being driven on a cart to the facility.
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