Lynch will have to file the necessary reinstatement paperwork with the NFL before any deal with the Raiders can be put into motion.
Seahawks GM John Schneider tells 710 ESPN that he’s “had dialogue” with the Raiders about Lynch possibly playing for then, per Greg Bell.
“We’ve had dialogue about it,” Schneider said, per Sheil Kapdia. “Marshawn is trying to figure things out. The Raiders are trying to figure things out. My understanding is that if he would want to come back and play that it would be for the Raiders, and that would be it.”
- According to Rapoport, Lynch is just visiting with the Raiders, but Seattle wouldn’t have any issues regarding a meeting with Oakland.
- Rapoport adds that the Seahawks cleared the visit and all parties are currently exploring their options right now.
- Lynch would only return for an opportunity to play for the Raiders, according to Rapoport.
- Rapoport mentions that the final hurdle for Lynch and the Raiders is a meeting with HC Jack Del Rio. According to Rapoport, if Del Rio signs off on Lynch, the dominoes will likely fall in place.
- Adam Schefter has also confirmed the news and spoken to sources who believe “it will happen.”
- Paul Gutierrez reports that the Raiders are unlikely to trade for Lynch at his current salary.
Reports surfaced a few weeks ago that the Raiders had serious interest in luring Lynch out of retirement. Lynch is from Oakland and would give them a solid running back to add to their offensive attack.
There are two ways for Lynch to end up with the Raiders. Either the Raiders trade for him and part with compensation such a conditional 2018 draft pick or they wait until the Seahawks release him after he officially files for reinstatement to the NFL.
After Lynch decided to retire, the Seahawks placed him on the reserve/retired list, ensuring they held his rights if he elected to return to the NFL at some point.
Lynch, 29, has two years remaining on his three-year, $31 million contract that included $12 million guaranteed. He stands to make base salaries of $9 million and $7 million over the final two years of the agreement.
During his career, Lynch rushed for 9,112 yards rushing on 2,144 carries (4.3 YPC) to go along with 252 receptions for 1,979 yards receiving and 83 total touchdowns for the Seahawks and Bills.
Lynch is a five-time Pro Bowler and made one first-team All-Pro team in 2012. He also helped the Seahawks win a Super Bowl in 2013.
We’ll have more regarding Lynch and the Raiders as the news is available.