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Seahawks camp begins without Marshawn Lynch, who intends to hold out

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When the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks reported for training camp on Thursday, one key player was noticeably absent. “Beast Mode” has gone into wait-mode.

Starting running back Marshawn Lynch is planning to hold out. Lynch’s close friend and former Seahawks teammate Michael Robinson revealed the development to the NFL Network on Thursday.

“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,” said Robinson. “He just wants to be paid like it.”

Lynch can be fined $30,000 for each day he holds out. If he misses more than five days, he may be forced to forfeit part of his $6 million signing bonus. The 28-year-old is entering the third season of $30 million deal. This season, Lynch has a base salary of $5 million, with $5.5 million in 2015. His cap hit in the last two seasons however, will be $7 million and $9 million, respectively. He apparently wants to renegotiate for more money up front.

During his tenure in Seattle, Lynch has been nothing short of a workhorse. He has three straight seasons of at least 1,200 yards. Last season, Lynch rushed for 1,257 yards and 12 touchdowns. He added 316 receiving yards and an additional two scores. He also scored a touchdown in each of Seattle’s playoff games, including the Super Bowl.

There is significant speculation that the Seahawks were planning on cutting Lynch before next season. 2013 second-round pick Christine Michael appears to be the heir apparent, with Robert Turbin figured to be in the mix as well. Lynch may be seeking more money up front in case he is shown the door.

Seattle may refuse to concede to Lynch’s demands, as he is already the fifth highest-paid running back in the league. Either way, Robinson does believe Lynch will take to the field in the upcoming season.

"I think Marshawn will be playing football this year. I don't know how they're going to get it done, I don't know how they're going to make it work, but that team is not the championship team that they can be without 'Beast Mode,'" said Robinson.