Seahawks star Lynch absent from training camp

AFP
Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks sits in front of the media during an availability January 29, 2014 in Jersey City, New Jersey
Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks sits in front of the media during an availability January 29, 2014 in Jersey City, New Jersey (AFP Photo/Jeff Zelevansky)

Seattle (AFP) - As expected, star running back Marshawn Lynch failed to show for the first day of Super Bowl champion Seattle's pre-season training camp over contract issues.

Seahawks general manager John Schneider addressed the situation on the team's flagship radio station without saying whether the team was willing to satisfy Lynch's demand to restructure the last two years on his contract.

Lynch, in the third year of a four-year, $30 million contract, reportedly wants more money up front or more money guaranteed than his deal currently calls for.

Lynch ran 301 times for 1,257 yards and 12 touchdowns and caught 36 passes for 316 yards and two touchdowns, last season to help Seattle reach the Super Bowl, where they routed Denver 43-8.

"Without being specific, obviously we don't talk people's contracts," Schneider said. "We all love Marshawn, but he made a decision not to be here.

"The thing I would say, without getting into it too deep, is we've had a plan in place for several years. Just two years ago, Marshawn was one of the first guys we were able to reward."

While Schneider said that "everyone knows what Marshawn can do," he also voiced confidence in the team's back-up running backs Christine Michael and Robert Turbin to deliver if called upon.

"It's the environment here of the next man up," he said. "That's no disrespect to Marshawn."