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24 Marshawn Lynch RB
Height/Weight: 5-11/215 | Birthdate: 4/22/1986 | Birthplace: Oakland, CA, USA | Team: Seattle | College: California | NFL Experience: 8 | Owned/Started%: 100/97 | Average Draft Position: 13.54
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Marshawn Lynch to lose a few carries per game


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/16/2014) Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch averaged 18.8 carries last year and went over 300 totes for the second straight season. With coaches wanting to keep Lynch fresh and see what Christine Michael can do, the Seattle Times expects Lynch to average 15-16 carries this year.

That would translate to about 50 fewer carries from the 301 Lynch got in the 2013 regular season.


Marshawn Lynch mum on training camp


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2014) Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, who's reportedly unhappy with his contract, was asked by NFL Network whether he was excited about coming to training camp "We'll talk about that when that time comes, boss,” Lynch said.

Lynch attended the team's mandatory minicamp. He'd be subject to fines if he holds out of training camp.


Ex-teammate: Marshawn Lynch still unhappy with contract


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2014) Despite his presence at minicamp last week, Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch remains unhappy with his contract, former Seattle fullback Michael Robinson said.

"The guy has been the face of this franchise since the day he stepped in that door, it’s been Beast Mode. Just from my knowledge of it, he has been the face of the franchise. Pete (Carroll) (general manager) John (Schneider), they’ve made no qualms about saying that. And he’s (Lynch) just like ‘I just want to be paid like it.’ I think the devaluation of the (running) back doesn’t help his case, the fact that he has two years let on his deal doesn’t help his case, which I’ve expressed to him," Robinson told the Tacoma News Tribune.

"The fact that the biggest free agent running back signing got $3.5 million a season (Chris Johnson) doesn’t help him. But you take Marshawn Lynch off the team last year, do we win the Super Bowl? I think all of us know the answer to that. He just wants to be paid like it. He knows he has a short window left. Nobody says anything when teams cut a guy at this juncture, though. I’m all in for players getting their dollars, man, because you have a short life."


Marshawn Lynch shows up, doesn't practice


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/18/2014) The Seahawks were excited to see running back Marshawn Lynch appear at their minicamp on Tuesday, but then he sat out of practice. According to the Tacoma News Tribune, head coach Pete Carroll said Tuesday that Lynch likely won't practice this week as he's resting an ankle injury. Furthermore, Carroll intimated that Lynch wouldn't play much in the preseason. 

"In this case it's unique, but he's a unique player on our football team," Carroll said. "We'll do what we have to do to take care of him. You won't see him get the ball a lot in preseason. We'll work all the way to opening day to have him right and ready to go. That's most important."


Surprise: Marshawn Lynch shows up to minicamp


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2014) Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch showed up for the first day of the team's mandatory three-day minicamp, reports the Seattle Times. Lynch is reportedly upset over his contract, and multiple reports indicated he'd skip the minicamp in protest after being absent from voluntary OTAs.

NFL Network reported last week Lynch might retire if the Seahawks don't give him a raise. According to ESPN, Lynch believes his presence at minicamp will make the team will more likely to renegotiate his deal. Either way, he would have been fined had he been a no-show.


Could Marshawn Lynch consider retirement?


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/12/2014) Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, who is expected to miss the upcoming mandatory minicamp, could consider retirement, reports the NFL Network.

The report says Lynch "has saved his money" and "his retirement thought is real."

"I could see him walking away," a source says in the report.

It was previously reported that Lynch would skip the minicamp because he wants a contract extension. But Lynch, 28, did say prior to the Super Bowl that if the Seahawks won he would retire.


Marshawn Lynch to skip mandatory minicamp


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/12/2014) Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is expected to skip the mandatory team minicamp next week because he wants a contract extension, reports ESPN.

"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, has not attended the voluntary workouts over the last three weeks. He 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.

If Lynch skips the three-day minicamp that begins Tuesday, it will cost him $70,000 in fines. The Seahawks have recently said they will use more of a committee backfield this season with Christine Michael and Robert Turbin working in with Lynch.


Seahawks coordinator backtracks on committee comment


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2014) Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, who raised eyebrows by saying the team planned a committee approach at running back, backtracked from that comment. According to the Everett Herald, Bevell said he meant he'd use a committee approach during OTAs, not the season.

Marshawn Lynch still should see the bulk of the carries, but the explosive Christine Michael is headed for a bigger role. Robert Turbin will see some work on passing downs.


Marshawn Lynch still on top of committee


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/9/2014) Even though Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell recently said the team plans to use a "running back by committee" with Marshawn Lynch, Christine Michael and Robert Turbin, there is still one leader in the backfield.

And that's Lynch, reports the Seattle Times.

The report says there may be a committee this season, but "expect Lynch to be the Chairman of the Board." Michael will likely be second, and Turbin will be third and play on passing downs.


Seahawks to use 'running back by committee'


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/5/2014) Speaking during a team Town Hall event, Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said Wednesday that he intends to not lean on one running back like Marshawn Lynch but rather utilize a number of them in 2014. Carroll added that the team wants to remain focused on the run. 

"We are going to be running back by committee," Bevell said according to ESPN. "We really like what Christine Michael is doing right now."

Michael is the Seahawks' second-year running back who averaged 4.4 yards per carry in very minimal play last season but came into the league with high accolades (and an injury) from his days at Texas A&M. He's been impressive in OTA workouts while Lynch has skipped the voluntary practices.

"We want to run the football whenever we want to," Carroll said per the Seattle Times. "We are an absolutely committed running football team."


RB coach: We won't lighten Marshawn Lynch's workload


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/22/2014) Seahawks running backs coach Sherman Smith said last month he doesn't foresee the team pulling back on how much they use Marshawn Lynch in 2014. 

"We could be running-back-by-committee," Smith said. "But who does it hurt? It hurts us because we're watering down Marshawn's reps so we can get other backs in there."

Smith says there's a "drop off" from Lynch to his primary backups, Christine Michael and Robert Turbin. 

"You take Marshawn out of the game, there's a drop off to the next guy. So why would we do that?" Smith rhetorically asked. 

Lynch totaled 366 carries and 37 catches last year, a year in which his season extended into early February because of the team's Super Bowl run. Over the last three years, including the postseason, Lynch has 1,002 carries and 92 catches. 


Will 2014 be Marshawn Lynch's last in Seattle?


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/21/2014) Contracts to running backs are coming in cheap these days, a problem that might keep the Seahawks from paying Marshawn Lynch a rich extension when his deal is up after this season. Lynch is already due over $5 million in 2014 and over $7 million in 2015 and is 28 years old heading into this coming year. ESPN's John Clayton suggests that this could be Lynch's last in Seattle if he declines because he'll be too expensive and too old for his position. 

Lynch totaled over 1,500 yards of offense with 14 total touchdowns last year but had over 400 total touches between the regular season and postseason. Not only do running backs with over 400 total touches typically fade the following season, but running backs who play in the Super Bowl also tend to slow down the season after. 


Report: Marshawn Lynch to plead guilty to reckless driving


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2014) Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch will plead guilty Friday to reckless driving, which will end his pending DUI case, reports ESPN. Lynch will be fined and spend two years on probation.

His attorney, Ivan Golde, said he expects Lynch to avoid an NFL suspension.


Marshawn Lynch pondering future?


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/4/2014) Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch "has been telling teammates all season he'll retire if they win the Super Bowl," according to a report on SI.com. The report adds, however, that cornerback Richard Sherman "doesn't believe him."

During his brief time with reporters following the Super Bowl, Lynch was not asked to address his future. Lynch, who turns 28 in April, called the Super Bowl victory a "dream come true."


Marshawn Lynch wins Super Bowl, could suffer as a result


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/4/2014) Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch helped his team win Super Bowl XLVIII against Denver with 15 carries for 39 yards and a touchdown. But now he could be in trouble heading into 2014.

Based on our research, Lynch could see a downturn in production next year since he had 403 total touches (366 carries and 37 catches) for the season. It's a lot of work for any running back, even someone as tough as Lynch.

We went back and looked at the past 10 years for running backs who had 400 touches in a season, including the playoffs, and found 26 occasions where it happened for 17 different running backs. Of those 26 times, only four -- Edgerrin James (2004), LaDainian Tomlinson (2005), James again (2005) and Adrian Peterson (2009) -- produced an increase in Fantasy points the following season.

The 22 other examples where a running back hit 400 touches over that span showed varying results -- all negative. Two running backs -- Tiki Barber and Ricky Williams -- retired following consecutive seasons with 400 touches. And nine times a running back suffered an injury -- Arian Foster (2013), Peterson (2013), Michael Turner (2009), Steven Jackson (2007), Larry Johnson (2007), Shaun Alexander (2006), Clinton Portis (2006), Curtis Martin (2005) and Jamal Lewis (2004) -- that caused him to miss games following a 400-touch campaign. Some of those injuries could be attributed to the heavy workload the year before.

Statistically, the Fantasy point decline was staggering. Of the 20 times a running back played the year after getting 400 touches and saw a decline in production, 15 had their Fantasy points drop by at least 30 percent and 10 by at least 40 percent. 

Lynch is still worth drafting as a first- or second-round pick, but be careful with him in 2014. And keep an eye on the battle for the No. 2 job in Seattle with Robert Turbin and Christine Michael because whoever wins that role could be a sleeper next season if Lynch misses time.


Marshawn Lynch gets fourth postseason touchdown


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/2/2014) Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch didn't play a huge role in the Super Bowl, but he did punch in a 1-yard touchdown, his fourth rushing score of the postseason. Lynch gained 17 yards in the first half before ripping off an 18-yard run on his first carry after halftime.

Lynch finished with 39 yards on 15 carries before giving way to backup Robert Turbin.


Marshawn Lynch talks to avoid fine


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/29/2014) Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch made another brief appearance before the media Wednesday, explaining, "I'm just here so I won't get fined, boss. That's the only reason why."

Lynch also questioned the notion that reporters act as a bridge to the fans. "If y'all say y'all is a bridge from the players to the fans, and the fans really ain't really tripping, then what's the point?" Lynch said. "What's the purpose? They got my back. I appreciate that. But I don't get what's the bridge being built for."


Marshawn Lynch 'just about action,' not 'unnecessary talk'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/28/2014) Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, who took questions for under seven minutes on Media Day, acknowledged the obvious: he doesn't enjoy doing interviews.

“I’m just about action," he said. "You say ‘hut’ and there’s action. All the unnecessary talk, it don’t do nothing for me. I appreciate that people want to hear from me, but I just go to work and do my thing. You feel me?”

Asked about connecting to the fans through the media, Lynch replied, "My fans love me regardless. They love the Seahawks. They aren’t worried about what I’ve got to say. They just want to make sure I show up to perform.”


Why it's fun to block for Marshawn Lynch


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/27/2014) In two playoff games, Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has broken or avoided a whopping 20 tackles. He's piled up 249 yards and three touchdowns on 50 carries.

"It's pretty cool to be able to block for a back who creates yards like that," center Max Unger told NFL.com. "When he does that and he's throwing piles, and he's carrying people before he goes down, it just makes you want to do your job that much better."


Two top Seahawks held out of Friday session


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/24/2014) Two Seahawks standouts were red-lighted from Friday practice, but are considered probable for the Super Bowl. Wide receiver Doug Baldwin (hip) and featured back Marshawn Lynch (knee) were both held out. Also out were cornerback Byron Maxwell (neck) and linebacker K.J. Wright (foot)

Defensive tackle Brandon Mebane (ankle) was limited.


Marshawn Lynch in a category of his own


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/20/2014) With his 40-yard touchdown run in Sunday's NFC Championship Game, Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch now has four scoring runs of at least 25 yards in the postseason. That's twice as many as any other back in NFL history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Marshawn Lynch shatters 49ers with long TD run


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/19/2014) Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, who scored two touchdowns his last time out, made his presence felt with another rushing touchdown in Sunday's NFC Championship game against the 49ers.

Lynch caught San Francisco's defense off balanced on a 3rd-and-1, as he erupted for a 40-yard touchdown run with 9:51 remaining in the third quarter. It was the second-longest touchdown run in the franchise's postseason history, and the longest touchdown run allowed by the 49ers during Jim Harbaugh's tenure. Lynch has all three of the team's longest touchdown run in postseason.

Lynch had 22 carries and 109 yards (5.0 yards per carry) and a touchdown in a 23-17 victory. He has 249 yards and two touchdowns on 50 carries over his last two playoff games. Seattle will travel to MetLife Stadium for a clash against the Broncos in the Super Bowl.

Marshawn Lynch, K.J. Wright cleared for NFC title game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/19/2014) The Seahawks have ruled running back Marshawn Lynch and K.J. Wright, active for Sunday's NFC Championship game against the 49ers, despite being on the injury report.

Lynch was on the report for a non-injury related issue while Wright had been bothered by a foot injury. Both players were probable to play leading up to Sunday.

Vic Fangio: We must gang-tackle Marshawn Lynch


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/18/2014) Niners defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said his defense must swarm Seahawks super back Marshawn Lynch to control him Sunday in the NFL title game. Fangio added that allowing Lynch to get into one-on-one situations at the second level is a recipe for disaster, especially in a nickel package featuring five defensive backs.

Linebacker NaVorro Bowman agreed with that assessment. "I think that's where the game comes down to, if they can lighten up the box and run the ball," Bowman told the Sacramento Bee. "That's the reason why they run the ball so much when we're in the nickel, because the box is lighter. But if we can stop it, they have to go to another plan."

Not many defenses have stopped Lynch in the nickel or otherwise. He finished the regular season with 1,257 yards and 12 touchdowns on 301 carries. But the 49ers did hold him to 170 yards on 48 attempts for a relatively meager 3.5 yards per carry in two meetings this season.


Marshawn Lynch has dominant history vs. 49ers


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(1/16/2014) The Seahawks play the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday, and running back Marshawn Lynch will look to remain dominant against San Francisco one more time.

The 49ers run defense has been unstoppable again, and they just shut down the Panthers last week, including two goal-line stands. They didn't allow a 100-yard rusher all season, and only three running backs have scored double digits in Fantasy points against them since Week 8.

Lynch was one of those three (along with DeAngelo Williams in Week 10 and Steven Jackson in Week 16), and he's been San Francisco's nemesis for the past three seasons. He has either a touchdown or 100 rushing yards in each of his past five meetings with the 49ers, and he's crushed them at home.

He had 21 carries for 107 yards and a touchdown and two catches for 24 yards in 2011, 26 carries for 111 yards and a touchdown and two catches for 19 yards and a touchdown in 2012 and 28 carries for 98 yards and two touchdowns and three catches for 37 yards and a touchdown in Week 2. In total, he has three 100-yard rushing games and seven total touchdowns in his past five outings against the 49ers, and he’s Seattle’s best chance to win this week.

While the matchup with San Francisco might seem daunting, we still like Lynch a lot in any Playoff Challenge leagues this week.