The reigning Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks have certainly had an eventful last 10 days or so. Last week , seemingly out of nowhere, the team traded receiver Percy Harvin to the Jets. The fallout from the deal included reports of disharmony inside the Seattle locker room with quarterback Russell Wilson put firmly into the spotlight. Now comes numerous reports from NFL media insiders, including ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, that the team will part ways with star running back Marshawn Lynch at the end of the season
Lynch reportedly was one of the players upset with the team shipping Harvin out of town and, via Ian Rapoport he’s ceased communicating with coach Pete Carroll and others. This news makes it look like Seattle’s braintrust is backing Wilson moving forward.
Obviously there is a lot going on inside the Seattle locker room at the moment, but the quick, drastic changes on the team’s roster again reinforce how difficult it is to retain the same title-winning roster for a sustained period of time in the modern NFL. Keping everyone happy — i.e. paid — with the constraints of the salary cap are near impossible.
Lynch also staged a holdout before the start of the season, something to consider.
The Seahawks, just 3-3 on the season, play the Panthers in Charlotte, N.C. this afternoon. Should be an interesting watch to see how the team reacts.