"It's very, very unlikely that Lynch will be there,'' said a source close to the situation. "He wants the Seahawks to renegotiate his current contract and provide him with more up-front money."
Lynch, 28, is starting the third year of a four-year deal that is worth $30 million, including $6 million in signing bonus. His base salary this season is $5 million and counts $7 million against the salary cap. The final year of the deal in 2015 would cost $9 million against the cap and pay Lynch $5.5 million in base salary.
Buuuuut, things just got interesting. His teammates have revealed that Lynch previously said he'd consider retirement if the Seahawks won the Super Bowl. Which they did. Did he mean that literally? Did he mean it like when you say you'd punch a dolphin for an It's-It? Or was it more of his negotiation techniques?
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that Lynch, 28, told two teammates during last season that he would seriously contemplate retiring after seven years in the NFL, including four Pro Bowl and one first-team All-Pro seasons. An anonymous source close to Lynch told Rapoport that retirement wouldn't be a huge surprise.
"He could," the source told Rapoport. "I could see him walking away."
This latest news could, however, be a thinly veiled negotiating tactic as Lynch reportedly jockeys for more money this offseason. While he is expected to miss Seahawks minicamp next week, to this point he didn't seem to have much leverage in talks with his team.
- Former Football TE/WR and Baseball outfielder Jacob Wark will transfer as a graduate student—with immediate eligibility—to Oregon State as a TE
- Fresh off our European trip, Lillian Schonewise will play with the Pac-12 All-Star Team in China
- Alumna Carli Lloyd helped lead Team USA to victories over Columbia and Argentina at the Pan-American Cup
Track and Field
- The Men's 4x100 relay team—featuring Football RB Khalfani Muhammad—placed 22nd overall at the NCAA Championships
- At the NCAA Champsionships, a few Bears came up short of qualifying for their respective finals, but Thomas Joyce will keep running in the 1500m
Women's Water Polo
- Bear-to-be Emma Wright and Roser Tarrago each scored a goal for Canada and Spain, respectively, in Canada's win and Spain's loss
- 80.19% of our offensive yardage in 2013 will return in 2014, which is the top 25 nationally and top three in the Pac-12
- ESPN takes a look at 10 coaches who've learned to adapt, including Sonny Dykes's evolution from his father's offensive style to the Bear Raid (thanks to Sam Fielder for the link)
- The Bengals have been auditioning WR Marvin Jones for punt returner
- QB Aaron Rodgers talks about TE Richard Rodgers's talent and potential (~3:45), but he isn't so sure if the Sonny Dykes system benefited him... (thanks to Redonkulous Bear for the link)
- Speaking of, Rodgers the TE speaks about the praise from Rodgers the QB (indirect thanks to Redonk here)
- The opening line for the Cal-Northwestern game has them favored by 9.5 points (Redonk again)
- Art Kaufman & Fred Tate at Texas Tech: A discussion with Viva The Matadors
- Golden Nuggets: Coach Martin discusses his roster for next season and hints about potential transfer Dominic Artis
- Cal quarterbacks of the BCS era: Aaron Rodgers stunningly tops the list
- Golden Scholars: Berkeley helps paraplegics walk and finds connection between old age with cancer
- Remembering the Seniors: Richard Solomon