Marshawn Lynch Is Hurting Himself and the Seattle Seahawks with Holdout

Ari Kramer@Ari_KramerSenior Analyst IIJuly 30, 2014

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch walks with teammates to the New York Giants' NFL indoor practice facility for a final walkthrough Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Seahawks and the Denver Broncos are scheduled to play in the Super Bowl XLVIII football game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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For someone so concerned about money, Marshawn Lynch has not been prudent in his holdout.

The Seattle Seahawks running back wants more upfront, guaranteed money in 2014, according to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times. But the only guarantee for Lynch right now is losing his earnings to fines levied by the Seahawks and sanctioned by the NFL's collective-bargaining agreement.

Lynch can be fined $30,000 for each missed day of Seahawks training camp. By Tuesday, the Seahawks were allowed to start gnawing at Lynch's signing bonus, taking 15 percent of the $1.5 million prorated share of his $6 million bonus.

Condotta took a crack at calculating Lynch's losses as of Tuesday. "Add up the $180,000 for the first six days and the $225,000 for the signing bonus, and that’s at least $405,000 the team can already fine Lynch for holding out.

ESPN offered a more drastic estimate.

The fines will accumulate with each passing day, and Lynch would forgo his weekly salary for each regular-season game he would miss. As Condotta noted, the "fines are at the discretion of the team, and usually become part of negotiations — the team can reduce or waive them, for instance, in exchange for the player dropping his holdout."

So Lynch could potentially recoup some of his losses.

But Lynch is damaging more than just his bank account. He's also sullying his reputation. And hurting his team.

Pete Carroll expressed his displeasure about Lynch's holdout to USA Today:

We've had a big plan for a long time working here, and Marshawn is a huge part of that plan, and we made a huge commitment to him a couple years ago. He remains a big part of that plan – if he'll show up. The same thing will carry over to Doug (Baldwin) and Richard [Sherman] and Earl [Thomas] and Kam (Chancellor) and all of the guys that have signed with us.

Grantland's Andrew Sharp penned a #HotSportsTakesPiece on Lynch's "Me-First Disease."

Sharp argues that Lynch is putting himself above the team. That attitude, he writes, can unravel a championship winner if it permeates throughout the team.

Luckily for Seattle, nobody has followed Lynch's lead. That places a dark cloud over Lynch alone.

If Marshawn needs an example of how to be a pro, all he has to do is look over at his quarterback. Russell Wilson just won a world championship, and he’s making all of $662,434 this season. He’s not eligible to renegotiate his deal right now, but I must have missed the preseason story in which he was sitting out and complaining about it.

Russell just wants to get back out there.

Richard Sherman, too. Earl Thomas. Kam Chancellor. Percy Harvin. The boys who made this work just want to work.

Lynch has never been the player to swallow his pride. He has been one of the NFL's most dominant running backs the past few years.

Seattle needs him in the backfield to keep the offense up to speed with the defense. With Lynch, Seattle will once again be a Super Bowl contender.

Just as much as Seattle needs Lynch, Lynch needs Seattle. He needs the paychecks, and until he ends his holdout, he'll just keep losing money.