NFL.com continues to reiterate that the team will part ways with Lynch after this season, and Carroll did little to dispel that notion Monday on 710 ESPN.
Asked about his relationship with Lynch, Carroll said, “We’re working through it” — which sure seems like a euphemism for “we tolerate each other, but it’s not going to work past this
While it certainly is possible that Lynch returns in 2015, all signs seem to point the other direction.
By all accounts, Lynch is not happy with the team and the team has grown tired of Lynch’s “solitary man” act, which included a decision to remain on the field at halftime Sunday, ostensibly to keep his bothersome back loose.
While teammates love Lynch and he seemingly loves his teammates, Lynch himself said it: “At the end of the day, it’s just a business.”
Asked about his future with the Seahawks, he told NFL.com, “Do I think I’ll be gone after this season? I don’t know, man. The Seahawks, their front office gets in the media; they talk a lot. I don’t talk too much. I just play the game. If they have something going on, I don’t know about it.”
While lauding Lynch’s performance this season and calling him a “unique, special person,” Carroll basically admitted the crux of the problem is the contract.
“I think (it) still goes back to summertime, talking about the contract and stuff like that,” Carroll said. “There was some conversations that not everything always works out exactly the way you want it.”
Lynch was unhappy with his $5 million salary for this year and held out for a week — until the Hawks guaranteed an extra $1.5 million that had been slotted as bonuses.
“Years later in the contract, you look at it, well, it’s not quite the same deal,” Carroll said. “I think we had plenty of conversations about that in the summertime. He made his decisions to stay out and we respected that, too. We had no problem with that.”
But there might be a problem when Lynch’s $2 million roster bonus comes due next offseason.
In the meantime, Carroll and Lynch seem to be coexisting under the shared goal of winning the Super Bowl again.
“I don’t think there’s any problem with what we’ve got going on,” Lynch told NFL.com, referring to the team’s chances. “We’ve just gotta let it fall and keep fighting. We’ve got a lot of ball to go. These are challenges for us. That’s one thing we have been good at, facing the challenges. I think it can be accomplished.”
Carroll said Lynch is “giving us everything he’s got and we’re working through it, and that’s where that is right now. This football team is determined to do well. We still have a lot out there. This is a tremendous finish opportunity and Marshawn, hopefully if he can get back again this week, he’ll be right in the middle of it with us.”