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July 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Thomas could return punts this year, the Seattle Times reports.
Impact: The Seahawks lost a punt returner when Golden Tate left. Whether the team would let it's starting free safety play special teams, punt returner no less, remains to be seen, but as of now he's competing for the spot.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lynch, who is already sacrificing $30,000 a day during his holdout, will forfeit 15 percent of his $6 million signing bonus -- $900,000 -- if he holds out beyond Tuesday, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: The Seahawks have most of the leverage in this standoff. Lynch wants more guaranteed money to protect him if he is released next season, which is likely, considering his $9 million cap hit. He is scheduled to make $5.5 million in 2015, but if he is cut, he'll get only $1.5 million. "We expect them to honor their contract just as we will," coach Pete Carroll told USA Today. "We're going to honor it and we expect them to do the same." It was not reported whether Carroll intended that to mean the Seahawks will honor Lynch's contract in 2015 and thereby take a huge cap hit on a 29-year-old, high-mileage running back.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Michael will share the first-team carries with Robert Turbin while Marshawn Lynch holds out of training camp, the Seattle Times reports.
Impact: Michael has gotten a lot of hype this summer, but Turbin is still ahead of him on the depth chart. Michael was active for only six games last year, but coach Pete Carroll said he has improved both his passing blocking and professionalism. If Lynch's holdout stretches into the regular season, Michael and Turbin likely would share the work.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Turbin will share the first-team carries with Christine Michael while Marshawn Lynch holds out of training camp, the Seattle Times reports.
Impact: Michael has gotten a lot of hype this summer, but Turbin is still ahead of him on the depth chart. He's bigger, faster (4.50 vs. 4.54 time in the 40-yard dash) and more experienced than Michael. However, if Lynch is still out come Week 1, Turbin and Michael likely will share the work. Turbin's rushing average dropped by a yard to 3.43 last season, but he played with a knee injury nearly all season. He had minor offseason surgery and is healthy.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | STATS
News: Smith watched Friday's first practice for Seattle on the sidelines.
Impact: Smith underwent ankle surgery in the spring and is still recovering.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | STATS
News: Irvin's injury could linger into the regular season. He was placed on the physically unable to perform list to open training camp.
Impact: Irvin had hip surgery in the spring and Carroll said it may take all of training camp before Seattle knows if Irvin will be ready for the season opener Sept. 4 vs. Green Bay.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | STATS
News: Okung and strong safety Kam Chancellor were both spectators as the Seattle Seahawks began training camp.
Impact: Okung and Chancellor are both recovering from surgeries in the offseason, but coach Pete Carroll said Friday that both are close to returning to practice. Chancellor had hip surgery, while Okung had a procedure on his foot.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | STATS
News: Startling left tackle Russell Okung and Chancellor were both spectators as the Seattle Seahawks began training camp.
Impact: Okung and Chancellor are both recovering from surgeries in the offseason, but coach Pete Carroll said Friday that both are close to returning to practice. Chancellor had hip surgery, while Okung had a procedure on his foot. Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith was also watched Friday's first practice after ankle surgery in the spring.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lynch (ankle), as expected, was not present during the first day of Seahawks minicamp, John Boyle of the Everett Herald reports.
Impact: Lynch continues to seek a new deal from the Seahawks, and appears to be ready to sit out training camp until the team addresses the matter. Seattle appears willing to restructure the deal, but they don't seem eager to add money to a deal that was just finalized two years ago. Until the dispute is resolved, Robert Turbin and Christine Michael will see the majority of reps with the first-team offense during camp.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | STATS
News: Lynch is not expected to be present for the first day of the Seattle Seahawks' training camp according to close friend and former teammate Michael Robinson.
Impact: Appearing on NFL Network on Thursday night, Robinson said he spoke with Lynch and Seattle's star running back plans to hold out of the camp that begins Friday. At dispute is Lynch's contract. Lynch can make up to $5.5 million this season in base pay and roster bonuses. It's the third year of a four-year contract Lynch signed with Seattle before the 2012 season.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gilreath signed a one-year deal with the Seahawks on Thursday, Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reports.
Impact: Gilreath and Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson are both products of the University of Wisconsin, although Gilreath left the Badgers in 2010, the year before Wilson arrived. Now 25 years old, Gilreath will attempt to earn one of the final wide receiver roster spots in Seattle. He could also serve as a kick/punt returner in the case that Pete Carroll wants to give regular return man Percy Harvin a break from these duties.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lynch, according to former teammate Michael Robinson, is expected to hold out of training camp, NFL.com reports.
Impact: Lynch is entering the third year of a four-year, $30 million contract that will pay him $5 million in base salary this season. While he skipped Seattle's OTAs in June amid contract dispute rumblings, Lynch was present at the team's mandatory minicamp, avoiding being fined in the process. Now, word from Lynch's former fullback states "Beast Mode" will not attend Friday's first day of training camp and will instead make a stance toward a more lucrative contract. With three consecutive seasons of 285-plus carries, 1,200-plus rushing yards, and double-digit touchdowns, the 28-year-old Lynch believes he's outperformed his current deal and warrants a reward for his gutsy play that helped Seattle claim last season's Super Bowl title. The Seahawks may not be surprised by Lynch's decision, as there were reports earlier this offseason suggesting the team may be amenable to tweaking his contract before this season. With that in mind, it'll be worthwhile to monitor Lynch's situation. Until he reports for camp, steady backup Robert Turbin and highly-touted sleeper Christine Michael will see the bulk of reps at running back.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | STATS
News: Rice is retiring from the NFL after an injury-plagued career that included issues with concussions. The Seahawks announced Rice's decision Wednesday, two days before the start of training camp. The news was first reported by Pro Football Talk.
Impact: Rice missed half of last season with the Seahawks after tearing his ACL against St. Louis. Rice re-signed with Seattle in the offseason on a $1 million, one-year deal. But he was going to be pushed to make the Seahawks' final roster with the additions of draft picks Paul Richardson and Kevin Norwood and a healthy Percy Harvin.
Mon. July 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Harvin is expected to return kickoffs this season, The Seattle Times reports.
Impact: Harvin probably won't be used as a punt returner, although he did say that he would be open to the idea. Returning kicks will give him some extra chances to reach the end zone, but it also creates an added injury risk, with no certainty of any payoff in non-return yardage leagues. While the Seahawks will likely be near the bottom of the league in pass attempts, they'll use Harvin in a number of different ways, and competition for targets has decreased with the departure of Golden Tate.