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Marshawn Lynch expected to hold out of training camp, according to former Seahawk Michael Robinson

When the Seahawks begin training camp Friday, running back Marshawn Lynch is expected to be absent.

That's according to former Seahawk Michael Robinson, who is now a commentator on the NFL Network and said on-air Thursday that Lynch will hold out.

"Marshawn Lynch just called me, we just talked," Robinson said. "He said he will be holding out from training camp this year with the Seahawks."

Lynch has two years remaining on a four-year deal worth up to $30 million and reportedly wants to get some more upfront money with the knowledge that he could be released after this season and not receive the money on the final year of his deal. He would be due for $5.5 million in 2014.

A source confirms Lynch is at risk of being fined $30,000 per day and after five days he could partially forfeit a $6 million signing bonus.

It's not expected that the team is willing to re-do his contract, not wanting to set the precedent of ripping up existing contracts. It's thought the team has told Lynch it has no plans to re-do his deal.

Robinson, who has been one of Lynch's closest friends, said in June that Lynch did have concerns about his contract.

"The guy has been the face of this franchise since the day he stepped in that door -- it's been Beast Mode," Robinson said. "Just from my knowledge of it, he has been the face of the franchise, (coach) Pete (Carroll) (general manager) John (Schneider) have made no qualms about saying that. And he's (Lynch) just like 'I just want to be paid like it.' I think the devaluation of the (running) back doesn't help his case, the fact that he has two years let on his deal doesn't help his case, which I've expressed to him.

"The fact that the biggest free agent running back signing got $3.5 million a season (Chris Johnson) doesn't help him., But 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. He just wants to be paid like it. He knows he has a short window left. Nobody says anything when teams cut a guy at this juncture, though. I'm all in for players getting their dollars, man, because you have a short life.

Asked then if Lynch considers his age a factor -- he turned 28 in April -- Robinson said "I don't think it's a factor for him. I think it's a factor for them (the Seahawks) because 30 is this magic number. He leads the league in carries the last three years, but he probably has the fewest carries all through training camp and pre-season. He gets his rest. So I don't know. We'll see."

News of the holdout comes a day after Jamaal Charles of the Kansas City Chiefs got a two-year extension that raised his annual salary from $3.9 million to $8.3 million.

But Lynch enters the season with a contract that remains fifth among all NFL running backs with an average of $7.5 million per year.

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