The Seattle Seahawks opened up training camps as defending Super Bowl Champions.
The 2013 NFL season, as well as the celebration, is over and it is time to get back to work. The team opened up training camp without holdout Marshawn Lynch, who has officially reported on Thursday July 31.
The Seattle Seahawks star running back Marshawn Lynch has ended his holdout and has reported to camp.
Lynch missed parts of team activities this season as well as the start of training camp before coming to an agreement with the Seahawks.
Lynch, who was holding out for a larger contract, instead walked away with alterations in his contract that will pay him a million dollars more this year. This doesn’t mean the eight year start out of California is getting a new deal.
The Seattle Seahawks reworked his deal to convert what would be a half million dollar performance bonus if he hit 1,500 yards into money now. The other half is coming from what he was expected to earn as a roster bonus. The team is also moving half a million dollars from next years contract to him this season.
Now the move could mean the end is near for Lynch, who is a free agent after the 2015 NFL season. Lynch would be 29 at the end of this deal and the Seahawks will look to avoid giving an aging veteran a hefty contract.
The Seahawks have been preparing for the future selecting Robert Turbin in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL draft and Christine Michael with the teams second round pick in 2013.
For now, though Seattle and their #12 fans can expect another big season from Lynch, something he has done in three of four seasons with the team. Over the course of the last three seasons Lynch has topped the 1,200 mark with at least 11 touchdowns in each season.
Lynch’s holdout is a thing of the past as the team now focuses on repeating as Super Bowl champs.
This gives head coach Pete Carroll one less thing to worry about as the preseason games approach.
The Seahawks fly down to Denver where the Broncos will host Seattle in their first pre season game Thursday.
The Seahawks will look to solidify the receiver position after losing veteran wide receiver Golden Tate to free agency and Sydney Rice who announced his retirement. This could be the only spot on the roster that the team could have an issue.
Entering the first preseason game the team has only two veteran receivers on the roster, Percy Harvin and Doug Baldwin.
Harvin was limited to just one regular season game last season and only nine games in 2012. Baldwin has been reliable for the Seahawks playing in 16 games in two of three seasons since entering the league. The one key stat to look at is both receivers have failed to go over the 1,000 yard mark yet in their career.
The teams third receiver Jermaine Kearse emerged during the postseason pulling in touchdown grabs in the NFC Championship game as well as one in the Super Bowl.
The team also added a pair of receivers in this year’s draft in Kevin Norwood out of Alabama in the fourth round and Paul Richardson out of Colorado in the second round. Richardson will use his speed to add a vertical threat to the Seahawks offense.
The only other roster battle that we might see in Seattle this season is between Tarvaris Jackson and Terrelle Pryor for the backup quarterback position. The Seahawks traded for Pryor before the 2014 NFL draft.
With the Legion of boom pretty much in tact from the Seahawks Super Bowl run we should see the same great defense as we saw last year.
As long as Russell Wilson can create harmony with the Wide Receivers, the Seattle Seahawks should have another great run to the super bowl championship game.Oops! No results, try changing your search!