Lynch reports to Seahawks - but for how long?

RENTON, Wash. -- Marshawn Lynch may still want some more money.

But the Seattle Seahawks running back has decided for now not to hold out, as it had been speculated he might do in an attempt to get the team to alter his contract, a four-year deal signed in 2012 that has two years remaining.

Instead, Lynch showed up at the first of the team's three mandatory minicamp practices Tuesday, with head coach Pete Carroll later declaring it business as usual.

"Yeah, it was a big story," Carroll said with a shrug. "We expected him to be here and he's here."

Maybe the Seahawks did, but his presence came as a surprise to most outside observers.

Lynch is due a $5 million base salary in 2014 and $5.5 million in 2015. He turned 28 in April and has averaged 300 carries the past three years, leading to speculation the team might release him before the 2015 season. That's why some have theorized Lynch is looking for more up-front money in case he's not around in '15.

Carroll said he would not comment on Lynch's contract issues, saying the team does not comment on financial issues. Lynch did not speak to the media.

Carroll, though, said the way Lynch has handled the offseason -- he also skipped OTAs --- has been in keeping with the team's plan.

"I've talked to him a number of times and everybody at one time or another has been in contact with him," Carroll said. "... He's got a great relationship with our club and our teammates and the coaches and all that. We have rested him a lot in the offseason. He takes a big pounding during the year. It takes him a long time to get his body back to where he doesn't feel the rigors of the season."

Lynch watched the practice from the sideline nursing a recent ankle injury that Carroll characterized as not serious.

And Carroll said that he fully expects Lynch to again be the focus of the Seattle offense in 2014.

"We expect (Lynch) to come right back in and battling and doing the things that he does," Carroll said. "Turbo (Robert Turbin) and Christine (Michael), those guys want some time, too, and they are battling and had a great offseason for us. But Marshawn has really been the guy for us and we love everything about the way he plays and what he brings to this team and he has never taken a step backwards at any time for us in all the time that we've been here."

Offensive line coach/assistant head coach Tom Cable echoed that sentiment in an interview with 710 ESPN radio in Seattle on Tuesday, saying he was absolutely not concerned about whether Lynch would attend the minicamp. Cable said the Seahawks would be "better off" if Beast Mode showed up, but that the silver lining would be Turbin and Michael getting increased reps.

Tuesday also marked the first practice for veteran defensive tackle Kevin Williams, who signed with the Seahawks on Monday. Williams spent the past 11 years with the Minnesota Vikings and will play primarily the three-technique defensive tackle spot.

"Well, we always have cherished big guys and there was a spot, we thought, for Kevin," Carroll said. "We want him to play good, physical football for us like he always has. We're not going to ask him to do anything different than what he's done.

"We're asking him to go in his role and see how much he can help us. Tony McDaniel has done a great job for us. We'd like to use both those guys at the same time on the field when we want to get big and strong, and we'll figure that out in time. But we feel very fortunate at this time to add to our team and the things that we've accomplished at this point a guy like Kevin. He just brings a tremendous amount to our club and so we're really excited about that."

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