ESPN's Adam Schefter says that Lynch will end his holdout by reporting to Seahawks camp within the next 24 hours. Lynch's holdout is currently in its eighth day, and the veteran RB has reportedly accrued over $500,000 in fines by not showing up for training camp. Lynch had demanded a raise on his scheduled $5.5 million 2014 paycheck, but it appears he's backed down. Lynch never had much leverage on the team, with Seahawks RB Christine Michael impressing coaches in camp.
Although this is being spun as Lynch "backing down," it's good news for both him and the team that he's decided to give up the fight and come in to camp. The statistical record isn't kind to hold-out running backs in recent years. Heading in to his ninth NFL season, the 28-year-old Lynch has amassed 1,753 carries, and his YPC stat dropped drastically in the final games of 2013. So, it's fair for fantasy owners to speculate that there's a physical breakdown just around the corner. Still, until he shows he can't perform anymore, Lynch should be given the benefit of the doubt. He's earned that with his three consecutive 1,200-yard, double-digit touchdown seasons. If you draft Lynch as a RB2,consider handcuffing him with backup Michael in the later rounds.