Marshawn Lynch Coming out of Retirement to Play for the Raiders?
The Oakland Raiders are trying to acquire retired running back Marshawn Lynch, either through trade or by his release, league sources told ESPN on Friday.
Oakland would have to trade for Lynch right now because his NFL rights remain the property of the Seahawks, as he has two years remaining on his contract. Seattle general manager John Schneider and Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie have a long relationship from working in the Packers’ front office together.
Under terms of his existing contract, Lynch would be in line for a $9 million salary and cap hit in 2017. In 2018, he would be due a base salary of $7 million and could potentially earn an additional $3 million roster bonus.
“It could really happen,” one source familiar with the situation said Friday.
But it solely lies on Lynch, who would have to decide to resume his NFL career, which sources say he has considered. Lynch would also be playing for his hometown team, another reason why this scenario is plausible. The retired RB even has a “Beast Mode” apparel store in Oakland.
Over the years, sources told ESPN’s Adam Caplan, Lynch told people his dream was to play for the Raiders. The Raiders just lost their starting running back Latavius Murray to the Minnesota during on Thursday. Free agent running back, and former Viking, Adrian Peterson also remains a possibility to land in Oakland.
In his nine-year career, Lynch started 114 games and carried the ball 2,144 times for 9,112 yards and 74 touchdowns (4.3 yards per carry).