Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks runs the ball past Erik Walden #93 of the Indianapolis Colts during a game at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 6, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Moore/Getty Images)
After telling former teammate and friend Michael Robinson Thursday night that he would holding out, Lynch followed through with his threat and did not report to camp on Friday.
Lynch is seeking a new contract after helping lead the Seattle Seahawks to their first Super Bowl title in February. However, Lynch still has two years left on his deal - a contract he signed just two years ago prior to the 2012 season - and the team is hesitant to give him a new contract.
"I’m disappointed he’s not here," head coach Pete Carroll said. "By his choice, you know? I’m really focused on the guys that are here and that have been with us and are working really hard and all.
"We’ve had a substantial plan working for us for years now and Marshawn was a big part of this plan and just a couple of years back, we made a big statement by making big effort for him and we wish he was with us now."
Carroll said he has been in communication with Lynch but didn't have any timeline on when a resolution should be expected.
"I’m hoping that he’ll be back with us," Carroll said.
Lynch's teammates obviously want Beast Mode to be on the field with them. However, they understand the business side of the game and why Lynch is staying away for the time being.
"We know Beast Mode, it’s a business and he has things he’s going to get worked out and until then we’re going to keep working," receiver Percy Harvin said. "He’s the engine that gets this thing going so we’re going to need him out here to piece this thing all together so until then we can hope he gets this thing worked out and we can only work as we do."
In true Pete Carroll fashion, he said he is focused on the players who are with the team and the opportunity players like Robert Turbin and Christine Michael will have in Lynch's absence.
"This is a tremendous opportunity for the guys that are getting their shot," Carroll said. "Robert Turbin and Christine Michael, they’re ready to go and really fired up about this opportunity. We’ll try to take full advantage of it."
Lynch is scheduled to make $5 million in base salary this season with an additional $500,000 available in per-game roster bonuses.