Is Marshawn Lynch Considering Coming Out Of Retirement?
Mar 18 2017
The Oakland Raiders, in the market for a running back after Latavius Murray left for the Minnesota Vikings in free agency, could be deciding between All Day and Beast Mode, who were selected five picks apart in the first round of the 2007 National Football League draft - yes, the fateful draft in which the Raiders took JaMarcus Russell first overall.
ESPN says Seattle could decide to release Lynch to allow him to sign with Oakland.
In addition, there is the issue of what would be required, in order for Lynch to play for the Raiders.
In this respect, Schefter points to the long-standing relationship between Seahawks' general manager John Schneider and Reggie McKenzie, his counterpart in Oakland. Yes, Lynch did that before after the 2015 season, but the ESPN story says he considered returning past year.
In a June appearance on 60 Minutes Sports on Showtime Lynch said "I'm retired".
But Lynch's retirement a year ago always seemed like a soft decision, and if a return to play for the Raiders is at all on his radar the subject had to be brought up. He was drafted out of Cal by the Buffalo Bills in 2007 and was traded to the Seahawks after the 2009 season.
There's one sticking point in the Raiders' possible pursuit of Lynch: He's still on the Seahawks' reserve/retired list, meaning Seattle still holds his rights.
Former Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson entered free-agency for the first time in ten years of playing at a high level in the NFL.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media is reporting that the Raiders have kicked around this idea before, including last season but Lynch did't want to come back.