Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Marshawn Lynch Reportedly 'Really Wants to Play' for Oakland Raiders

Marshawn Lynch Reportedly 'Really Wants to Play' for Oakland Raiders

According to a Monday morning report from Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, retired running back Marshawn Lynch will only return to the field if he is wearing silver and black so it appears.

"Rapoport reported Monday that Lynch would only want to play for the Raiders if he made a decision to come out of retirement", wrote NFL.com's Conor Orr. Murray signed with the Vikings, making Adrian Peterson a possible fit for Oakland, but the Raiders haven't shown much interest in inking Peterson, who apparently hasn't figured out what his market value really is at this point.

King says the Raiders want Lynch at a renegotiated price, and Seattle - who still hold his current rights - would likely wind up releasing him.

Lynch's retweet fueled more specualation about his intentions. The Seahawks would prefer to trade Lynch and receive something in return.

That contract would pay him a base salary of $9 million in 2017 and then a salary of $7 million in the 2018 National Football League season. The Seahawks would have to either trade Lynch or release him. He nearly certainly would have to accept a pay cut to join the Raiders. Any NFL team interested in signing him will have to acquire him or wait for his release.

For the Seattle Seahawks, Marshawn Lynch would immediately become an active roster player if he decides to unretire. However, it was speculated all season long that Lynch would ultimately un-retire while that never happened.

The Seahawks could also choose to play hardball in this situation and refuse to simply cut Lynch so that he could play for another franchise. This could be another example of Lynch's marketing skills.

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