The Raiders are reportedly trying to coax Marshawn Lynch out of retirement and into silver and black.
During his Friday appearance on “Up to the Minute Live”, Garafolo depicted Lynch as being in a holding pattern.
Someone tweeted at Lynch a screenshot of a Spotify playlist seemingly made by Lynch in September 2015 that included a song titled “Oakland Raiders“.
If Lynch, who turns 31 next month, indeed wants to come back to play he must first request to the National Football League his reinstatement in writing. However, under the terms of his existing contract with Seattle, Lynch would be owed $9 million salary which would carry a cap hit in 2017.
There remain far easier routes to go for the Raiders if they want a veteran back to boost the running game like Adrian Peterson, who has earmarked Oakland as a potential destination due to its impressive offensive line. The speculation even grew stronger when it was reported days ago that Marshawn Lynch talked to head coach Pete Carroll and John Schneider about its release paper.
In February, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf proclaimed a “Beast Mode Day” to coincide with the opening of Lynch’s apparel store in the city.
While the Lynch of 2013 would be a no-brainer for a team fortifying a new winning culture, this soon to be 31-year-old version of Lynch doesn’t bring much to the table beyond leadership qualities. Lynch only played one of those years before retiring, meaning that the Seahawks could have asked for the remaining $5 million back. Last season Brown played for the Jets and Jacksonville Jaguars.
If the Seahawks are only willing to part with Lynch through a trade, that creates a couple other obstacles for the Raiders, which we touched on earlier in a story that you can check out by clicking here.
The Seattle Seahawks have a variety of talent at running back. Seems unlikely they’d want him as their bell-cow, but even with the miles Lynch has, I’d be pretty confident with him in short-yardage situations.
Star tight end Jimmy Graham is entering the final season of his four-year, $40 million deal.