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Seahawks' Lynch expected to hold out

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Jul 24 2014 08:21:45 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 25 2014 10:38:16 AM CDT
Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch, Super Bowl media day

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Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch plans to hold out during training camp, former teammate Michael Robinson said Thursday.

Lynch is in search of a new contract. He signed a four-year, $31 million deal in March 2012 and is scheduled to make $5 million in 2014 with a $500,000 roster bonus.

The 28-year-old Lynch faces the possibility of $30,000 per day in fines during a holdout. Training camp practices begin Friday for the Seahawks.

Lynch's planned absence comes on the heels of Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles receiving a two-year contract extension on Wednesday that boosted his 2014 salary to $8.3 million.

"Marshawn Lynch just called me, we just talked," Robinson said on NFL Network"s Inside Training Camp. "He said he will be holding out from training camp this year with the Seahawks."

Lynch showed up for a mandatory minicamp in June after threatening to stay away while he angled then for his contract to be renegotiated. He did not participate in any drills at that time.

In three full seasons since joining the Seahawks via a trade with the Buffalo Bills in 2010, Lynch has rushed for 4,517 yards and 41 touchdowns and had an NFL-high 1,002 regular-season and playoff carries.

Meanwhile, the defending champion Seahawks added a player to their summer roster while removing two players.

Wide receiver Morrell Presley signed with Seattle, which released tight end Chase Dixon and waived/injured guard Jared Smith.

Presley earned a job through a rookie tryout camp in mid-May. He finished his college career at California University of Pennsylvania after playing for UCLA.

Dixon, an undrafted rookie, signed with the Seahawks on May 10. Smith was a seventh-round draft pick in 2013, and he spent last season on the practice squad and on injured reserve due to a leg ailment.

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