The San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks both report to their mandatory minicamps next week, and both could potentially be missing star players. We've heard plenty already about 49ers right guard Alex Boone and tight end Vernon Davis. Boone has kept up radio silence thus far, while Davis has hinted he'll be at minicamp, but won't really confirm anything.
Now, the Seahawks could be looking at an absence. Yahoo! Sports' Rand Getlin is reporting the Seahawks are expecting Marshawn Lynch to skip the team. According to Getlin, the general belief is that Lynch is not pleased with his contract, but there is some uncertainty beyond just that. Lynch is signed through the 2015 season, and is scheduled to earn $5 million in 2014, and $5.5 million in 2015. His 2015 season includes $2 million in roster bonuses over the course of the season.
Lynch does not really talk to the media, so it's hard to know for sure what he wants. However, if we were to speculate, I'd imagine he might want more guarantees. If the Seahawks dor in fact go forward with any sort of committee approach and cut down on Lynch's carries, it could impact his future with the team beyond 2014. A strong season from the supporting cast could convince the Seahawks that it's time to move on from Lynch. He's "only" 28, but given the number of contract situations the Seahawks have dealt with this offseason, and will deal with next offseason, it would not be surprising if they decided it was time to look for a change at running back. Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell is walking back those comments to some extent, but it's a pretty interesting situation.
If Lynch (or Boone, or Davis) skips minicamp, they can face a fine of up to $69,455. The fine is broken down in Appendix A of Article 42 of the CBA. That Article breaks down the various forms of financial discipline clubs can impose. Section 1 provides the max discipline for 2011 (the first year of the CBA), and then Appendix A provides year-by-year updates on max fines. If a player skips one day of this year's minicamp, he is fined $11,575. If he skips a second day, he is fined another $23,150. If he skips another day (the third and final day), he is fined an additional $34,730.