Monte Poole of the Oakland Tribune talks with Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, who is working to repair his image in his hometown of Oakland by starting a foundation to help underprivileged youth with cousin Josh Johnson, a quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Poole: “Lynch, 25, wants to repaint the image that followed him from Berkeley, where he was a wild child with charm, to Buffalo, where in the wee hours he drove his SUV into a pedestrian and sped off, to Los Angeles, where he was arrested for gun possession, and back to Buffalo, where last summer the then-Bills running back was accused of taking $20 from a woman he met at a TGI Friday's.
“He’s still on probation from the gun charge.
“Such baggage is an illustration of the talented jock who can't manage his behavior. No matter his intentions, he too often needs a lawyer. It's an image -- and a reality -- that threatens potential and sometimes kills it.
“So Lynch is rededicating himself to his career and all the communal things it can buy. He concedes being traded from Buffalo (which drafted him in the first round in 2007) to Seattle last October provides a natural restart.”
Lynch talks with Laurence Scott of NBC Sports Sunday in the video above.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter are reporting that the owners and the players could have an agreement in place that could be ratified at the league owners meeting in Atlanta on July 21. Let’s hope that this is true, and the beginning of free agency is in the offing. Under this scenario, free agency would begin July 28.
Albert Breer of the NFL Network says today’s talks will focus on the rookie salary scale.
ESPN AFC South blogger Paul Kuharsky believes Matt Hasselbeck tops the Tennessee Titans’ wish list for a veteran quarterback to mentor Jake Locker.
Jim Lamar of the Tallahassee Democrat catches up with Cam Piurowski, and the tight end talks about suffering a torn ACL in his senior season, all but dashing is hopes of being drafted. The Florida State product signed a futures contract with Seattle, and is putting on weight and will compete for a job on the Seahawks final roster as an
tight end offensive tackle. At 6-foot-7, Piurowski is now up to 320 pounds.
Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith fills in for Peter King of Sports Illustrated in this week’s Monday Morning Quarterback, discussing how his team is handling the lockout.