Marshawn Lynch to media: 'I'm just here so I don't get fined, boss...'

JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch answered a few questions before a packed media availability session for about seven minutes before he left Wednesday.

"I really don’t have much to say, boss, I really don’t," Lynch said when asked why he was not speaking to the media more. "I appreciate it … (but) I don’t get it. I’m just here so I don’t get fined, boss.  That’s the only reason why.

"Y'all say y'all is a bridge from the players to the fans, and the fans really ain't really tripping, then what's the point?" Lynch wondered. "What's the purpose? They got my back. I appreciate that. But I don't get what's the bridge being built for."

The NFL levied a $50,000 fine earlier in the season against Lynch for not speaking to reporters, but then put that on hold when he said he would comply with the NFL's rules on media availability.

Later Wednesday, coach Pete Carroll defended his star player.

"Not everybody’s the same," Carroll said. "In our program we understand that to a point … where we celebrate the individuality and uniqueness of our guys.  We like to comply and do everything we can to the best of our abilities, but we are who we are.  There’s people that are more available than others because they’re more comfortable with that, they feel good about that," Carroll said.

He lasted about six minutes, 20 seconds at Super Bowl Media Day on Tuesday before he stood away by himself, and eventually gave an interview to NFL Network's Deion Sanders.

Lynch will have to endure only one more media session -- on Thursday -- before Sunday's Super Bowl.