Marshawn Lynch back? The Raiders are reportedly considering trading for the retired runner.
I’ve known Greg Papa, the Raiders’ radio play-by-play announcer, since 1999 when I was an Oakland Athletics baseball beat writer and Papa was the A’s TV broadcaster. A report from Jason Cole put out shortly thereafter quoted two anonymous teammates who said Lynch was mulling a return for the 2016 season. But there are plenty of NFL fans out there, including many in the Bay Area, who are freaking out over the possibility of Lynch making his return to the football field. Recent reports are saying the Seahawks may not have the intention of giving up Lynch easily. “I thought it was way too early”, Okung said. Where he went played his high school ball, college ball, and where his brand BeastMode is based.
Lynch was one of the NFL’s top running backs and most popular players for nine seasons. If he wants to scratch the itch to play again, he would remain under contract with Seattle.
Lynch still has gas left in the tank, and the Raiders have a gaping hole at the running back position with Latavius Murray replacing Adrian Peterson in Minnesota.
And if the star running back decides to come out of retirement.
ESPN is reporting that the Raiders – get this – are considering trading for Lynch, who remains property of the Seattle Seahawks after announcing his retirement a year ago February. However, under the terms of his existing contract with Seattle, Lynch would be owed million salary which would carry a cap hit in 2017.
NFL Network reported Willson’s deal to come back could be worth up to $3 million, including bonuses.
For his career, Lynch has rushed for 9,112 yards with 74 touchdowns. Shead’s deal is for one year and $1.5 million with $1 million guaranteed. In all that time and through all the rumors, no piece of Marshawn Lynch news has actually quoted him as having any interest in playing for another team, let alone unretiring to join the Oakland Raiders.