The week between the NFC championship game win for the Seahawks and their flight to Phoenix for Super Bowl 49, the NFL, team staffers and Marshawn Lynch talked some about how he was going to treat his three required media availability sessions in Arizona before the game.
The league told him if he showed up for five minutes at each of the sessions and was available, it wouldn't fine him -- as the league had after he left the locker room without speaking immediately following the Nov. 16 loss at Kansas City, nailing him for $100,000.
Today the NFL announced it would stick to that agreement.
NEW YORK (AP) – Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch fulfilled all his media obligations during Super Bowl week and will not be fined.
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NFL spokesman Michael Signora said in a statement that Lynch fulfilled the obligation to attend all media sessions prior to Seattle’s 28-24 loss to New England. Lynch never appeared for more than five minutes at any of the three availabilities, saying at media day, “I’m just here so I won’t get fined.”
In addition, Signora said Lynch will not be fined for the hat he wore all three days. Lynch wore a hat for his “Beast Mode” clothing brand. The hat was made by and given to him by an NFL licensee, New Era, and was in team colors, Signora said.
He even got away with the cap -- after national reports (there those go again (!)) during Super Bowl week said the league was contemplating fining him for that because it wasn't team gear.
Within a day of him wearing the cap to Super Bowl Media Day last Tuesday, it sold out on Lynch's website.
11 SIGNED TO FUTURE CONTRACTS
The Seahawks announced this afternoon they signed the following to futures contracts for the 2015 preseason. Each player was on Seattle's practice squad during the 2014 season:
TE RaShaun Allen, S Dion Bailey, RB Demitrius Bronson, G Nate Isles, WR Douglas McNeil, G Drew Nowak, T Justin Renfrow, DE Ryan Robinson, DT Jimmy Staten, DE Julius Warmsley, LB Mike Zimmer.