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Seahawks coach Pete Carroll commented on Marshawn Lynch's holdout Tuesday.

"I love this kid," Carroll said. "I hope he will figure it out and it will all make sense and it will come to a resolution somewhere." Carroll's relatively soft comments suggest the Seahawks may be willing to throw their running back a contract bone, but it almost certainly wouldn't be anything more than a symbolic gesture. Whatever the end game is, we fully expect Lynch to report before Week 1.

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Seahawks placed RB Marshawn Lynch on the Reserve/Did Not Report list.

It's a procedural move and doesn't impact Lynch's status with the team. Lynch is holding out for a raise on his $5.5 million in salary and bonuses this season. He won't count toward Seattle's 90-man roster while on the list and can be activated at any time.

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Coach Pete Carroll indicated the Seahawks have no intention of satisfying Marshawn Lynch's contract demands.

It's not even clear what Lynch's demands are, but he's skipping training camp and wants more money. "Just a couple of years back we made a big statement and made a big effort for him and we wish that he was with us now," said Carroll, referring to the four-year, $31 million deal Lynch signed in March of 2012. "But this is a tremendous opportunity for the guys getting their shot. Robert Turbin and Christine Michael, they're ready to go and really fired up about this opportunity and are going to try and take full advantage of it."

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ESPN's John Clayton predicted on NFL Live that Marshawn Lynch's holdout will last "five to six days at most."

Clayton went as far as to say the Seahawks tentatively expect Lynch to report to training camp next week. Clayton also predicted the team will not satisfy Lynch's contract demands. Lynch is well compensated -- he's owed $5.5 million in salary and bonuses -- and he's a 28-year-old running back. The Seahawks aren't going to pay him with Christine Michael and Robert Turbin in reserve.

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ESPN's Chris Mortensen stated on NFL Insiders the Seahawks are not surprised by Marshawn Lynch's training-camp holdout.

The Seahawks just gave mammoth deals to Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman, and are trying to build a dynasty that doesn't involve paying big bucks to 28-year-old running backs. We don't see Seattle budging from its stance, but Lynch could very well cave once he begins racking up fines. "He'll be there at some point, I think," stated Mort. "The Seahawks are not surprised this is an issue."

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Profootballtalk reports there's a "zero percent chance" Marshawn Lynch reports for the start of Seahawks camp without a new deal, and that the sides have been talking off and on for four months.

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NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Seahawks "still don't plan on" paying holdout RB Marshawn Lynch.

Lynch has griped all offseason, but his contract complaints have fallen on deaf ears. His $5.5 million salary is more than fair for a 28-year-old running back, while the Seahawks have Christine Michael and Robert Turbin waiting in the wings. Lynch has more to lose than gain by holding out, as he's extremely unlikely to get paid, while Michael could shine in his absence.

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Marshawn Lynch will hold out of Seahawks training camp as he seeks a new contract.

Bizarrely, the news was broken by former teammate Michael Robinson on NFL Network's Inside Training Camp Live. Lynch has been making noise about his contract all offseason, but it's still a surprise after he reported to June's mandatory minicamp. Perhaps emboldened by Jamaal Charles' successful "holdout," Lynch is going to find the Seahawks much less likely to cave than the Chiefs. He has his age and the presence of Christine Michael and Robert Turbin behind him to thank. Now 28, Lynch is due a reasonable $5 million this season, with another $500,000 available through per-game roster bonuses. At least for the moment, Lynch's mid-second round ADP is no longer looking like a potential bargain.

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The Seattle Times guesstimates Marshawn Lynch could lose 45-50 carries this season.

Lynch averaged 18.8 carries per game last season to finish with 301 totes. Beat writer Bob Condotta's "guess" is that average could fall into the 15-16 range. Extrapolate that out over 16 contests, and Lynch is looking at losing 52 carries if we put the needle at 15.5 carries per game. Those rushes will likely go to Christine Michael, who's expected to be a "regular part of the offense" in 2014. This won't be a true committee, but more of a lightening of the load for Beast Mode. Michael needs to be drafted in all redraft leagues and will likely explode in 2015 for Dynasty purposes. Lynch is still a locked-in borderline RB1/2 for 2014.

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ESPN Seahawks reporter Terry Blount said Marshawn Lynch could be entering his final season in Seattle.

The writing appears the be on the wall. With Russell Wilson due a huge extension, Lynch's $9 million cap hit in 2015 could be too much for Seattle to swallow, especially with an elite talent like Christine Michael waiting in the wings. With 987 carries over the past three years, there is also the possibility Lynch's body begins to break down as soon as this season. Lynch will be the starter this year, but his future in Seattle is in doubt.