RENTON, Wash. -- Former Seattle Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson, running back Marshawn's Lynch's closest friend since Lynch arrived in Seattle in 2010, said Lynch has confided in him about his desires to rework his contract.
"Since the day [Lynch] stepped in the door, it's been Beast Mode," Robinson said Thursday. "The man has been the face of this franchise. [Seahawks coach] Pete [Carroll] and [Seahawks general manager] John [Schneider] have made no qualms about saying that, so he just wants to be paid like it."
Lynch is starting the third year of a four-year, $30 million contract. His base salary is $5 million this season and $5.5 million next season. He is the fifth highest paid running back in the NFL in base salary, but only the fifth highest paid player for the Seahawks. Sources confirmed that Lynch would like a little more of his contract money this season.
Robinson was in Seattle Thursday to receive his Super Bowl ring. The team had a private ceremony to receive the rings Thursday night. Until the NFL forced Lynch to do interviews last year during the playoffs, Robinson was viewed as the unofficial team spokesman for Lynch.
So who will have that job now, since the Seahawks didn't re-sign Robinson?
"It's still me," Robinson said smiling.
Robinson said he has tried to give Lynch both sides of the argument in Lynch's quest for more money up front.
"The devaluation of the running back doesn't help his case," Robinson said. "Having two years left on his deal doesn't help his case, which I've expressed to him. The fact that the biggest free-agent signing [at running back] this year got $3½ million a season (actually $4 million a year for Chris Johnson from the New York Jets) doesn't help his case.
"But you take Marshawn off this team last year, does it win the Super Bowl? I think all of us know the answer to that. So he just wants to be paid, because he knows he has a short window left. Nobody says anything when teams cut a guy under contract, so I'm all-in for players getting their dollars."
Lynch is 28 and has averaged 300 carries each of the last three seasons while rushing for 4,051 yards. Is age and workload a factor for Lynch?
"I don't think it's a factor for him, but I think it's a factor for [the Seahawks]," Robinson said. "It seems 30 is this magic number. Lynch leads the league in carries the last three years, but he probably has the fewest carries all through training camp and preseason."
So does Robinson think the Seahawks will do something to make Lynch happy by restructuring his contract?
"We'll see," Robinson said. "It'll come up later. Give me a call."