Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is rumored to be parting ways with the team at the end of the season.
According to reports, the Seahawks are considering letting go of Lynch for a number of reasons, including his tendency to influence locker room distractions, his absence from the White House Superbowl ceremony, and what is being reported as “little to no” communication between Marshawn and the team’s coach, Pete Carroll.
There have been rumors swirling for months that Marshawn’s behavior on and off the field is impacting his team’s opinion of him, most recently an alleged incident in which Lynch apparently refused to get on the bus in protest of Percy Harvin’s trade to the New York Jets. Marshawn’s agent has vehemently denied claims of any misconduct or unruly behavior, dismissing them as “bogus.”
These reports of @MoneyLynch going off and not wanting to get on bus are absurd. Please report accurate stories and not bogus ones.
— Doug Hendrickson (@DHendrickson41) October 22, 2014
Chris Mortensen of ESPN says that the team has already begun the process of moving on from Lynch after this season.
:He might have been available for a trade by Tuesday’s deadline, sources said, but fullback Derrick Coleman broke his foot in last week’s loss to the Rams, causing backup running back Robert Turbin to be moved into a fullback role. Christine Michael will continue to get some carries.”
Though he’s currently not on the trading block, reports say that both the Seahawks and Marshawn Lynch aren’t anticipating their partnership to continue in 2015. Marshawn’s antics have seemingly taken a toll on the team, and Lynch is clearly not happy with Harvin being traded.
Unpredictability on and off the field is nothing new for Marshawn, who made news this past summer when he neglected to show up for training camp in an effort to force Seattle to give him a better contract with higher pay. In response to the holdout, Carroll maintained that the team would not be renegotiating with Lynch despite his protest.
“It’s a contract for a reason. We made a decision and it was signed, by us and by them”, the coach said. “We expect them to honor their contract just as we will. We’re going to honor it and we expect them to do the same.”
Marshawn Lynch, who is known for his affection for Skittles and is even officially endorsed by the candy, has 420 rushing yards and three touchdowns, currently making him 10th in the NFL. Lynch’s most recent contract is in the top 6 for running backs.