Running back Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks runs the ball during Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Despite reports last week that Lynch was likely to skip the Seattle Seahawks mandatory mini-camp this week over contract concerns, Lynch was in attendance for the first day camp.
However, Lynch did not participate due to a sore ankle and is not expected to take part at all this week.
"That was a big story," head coach Pete Carroll quipped. "We expected him to be here and he's here."
Carroll wouldn't discuss specifics of their conversations with Lynch regarding the status of his contract.
"There's nothing in our conversations on the business side of it that we will talk about," Carroll said. "There's no reason to. We haven't talked about other guys in that regard so we're not doing that now."
Lynch has two years left on the four-year contract extension he signed with the team in 2012. However, it's unlikely Lynch plays under that contract in 2015 due to the size of the salary cap hit. Several reports said Lynch is seeking an increase in his pay for this season.
Lynch did not attend any of the team's voluntary workouts over the last several weeks. He would have been subject to approximately $70,000 in fines if he skipped the mandatory mini-camp.
Carroll said the team has a great relationship with Lynch and both sides have been in contract frequently this offseason. Carroll said they still view Lynch as "absolutely" being their workhorse running back again this season.
"We've never even approached that [subject] because it's never been a question," Carroll said. "Marshawn has been the guy for us and we love the way he plays and everything he brings to this team. He's never taken a step backwards for us. He's never disappointed us."
Kevin Williams gets to work with Seahawks:
The Seahawks finalized their deal with former Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams on Monday and he was on the practice field for the first time with his new team.
Williams spent the first 11 years of his career in Minnesota before having his contract expire at the end of last season. Williams still had interest from the Vikings, as well as the New England Patriots and New York Giants, before electing to sign with Seattle.
"I think at the end of the day they are doing some great things with a bunch of young guys," Williams said. "A chance to play in a great rotation at the defensive line. I think it’s the best fit for me."
Carroll said they plan to team Williams with DT Tony McDaniel on the field at the same time. Williams would be at the interior 3-technique spot he's accustomed to with McDaniel taking the DE Red Bryant role as the 5-technique in early downs against the run.
"We always have cherished big guys and there was a spot, we thought, for Kevin," Carroll said.
"We’re not going to ask him to do anything different than what he’s done. We’re asking him to go in his role and see how much he can help us."
Williams has also proven to be a fairly prolific interior pass rusher throughout his career. He had a pair of double-digit sack seasons early in his career in Minnesota and has posted at least four sacks in seven of his 11 seasons.
Williams played 720 snaps with the Vikings last year. DE Michael Bennett led Seattle with 598 snaps played. Williams said the thought of playing fewer snaps as part of Seattle's rotation could be beneficial for him in being effective more consistently.
"I think if I’m playing 500 plays versus 700 plays at this age I can definitely still get after the quarterback," Williams said. "Excited to get going and we’ll see. Hopefully I can earn some of those reps."
Carroll said they are still looking for their fourth pass rusher, and second interior pass rusher. Williams, along with DT Jordan Hill, will likely have a chance to earn time in that role.
Odds & Ends:
While Lynch was in attendance, LB Bruce Irvin was not. However, that isn't a massive surprise as he is just two weeks removed from hip surgery.
A handful of players did not participate in the practice on Tuesday.
- LB Malcolm Smith, LB Heath Farwell, S Kam Chancellor, T Russell Okung, TE Chase Dixon and WR Sidney Rice were held out. Dixon was the only new addition among the group. The remaining five have been recovering from offseason surgeries and have not been taking part in OTAs.
- WR Paul Richardson was back at practice after missing OTAs last week with a sore shoulder. WR Kevin Norwood appeared to injure his foot or ankle early in practice but returned after a brief trip to the locker room.
- DE Cassius Marsh and DT Andru Pulu were back with the team after missing all of OTAs due to their seniors classes not yet having graduated at UCLA and Eastern Washington University.
- CB Tharold Simon had another strong practice. He chased down WR Ricardo Lockette on a double move and swatted ball away from Lockette at the goal line on a deep pass from QB Tarvaris Jackson.