Following up on the ongoing story
. ... Lynch wanted $5 million more this season than the concessions he received on his contract before ending his eight-day holdout
Thursday, sources confirmed Friday. The additional $1.5 million Lynch was given, bumping his guaranteed compensation from $5 million to $6.5 million this season, was offered to Lynch in May after he first made team officials aware that he wanted more money. The offer never changed.
Reported by ESPN.com
Lynch also was told earlier this week that fines for the time he missed in training camp would be imposed if he did not report by the end of the week. The running back had accumulated nearly $500,000 in team fines for his absence through Thursday. A team source told ESPN.com's Terry Blount on Friday that whether Lynch must pay that fine remains unresolved. A source close to Lynch, however, told Blount Thursday that the running back would not have to pay it. As for his contract, no money was added to Lynch's four-year, $30 million deal, which has two years remaining. His base salary this season was increased by $1 million by moving incentives to guaranteed money. The Seahawks also moved $500,000 of his 2015 base salary to this season. He basically wanted all of his 2015 salary ($5.5 million) up front in 2014, something the Seahawks had no intention of giving him. All this because Lynch realizes there's a good possibility he could be released after this season for salary-cap reasons. The question now is what his attitude will be once he gets on the field. "If he's angry, maybe he'll run angry," running backs coach Sherman Smith said. Fantasy football owners should bet on that.