Marshawn Lynch Wants To Play For The Oakland Raiders

Cesar Mills
March 20, 2017

So is Marshawn Lynch unretiring? Returning and playing for the Raiders would help benefit his foundation and if the Raiders signed him in the middle of picking up and moving from Oakland to Las Vegas, it would at least be a nice little bit of light balm on a pretty painful wound for Raiders fans.

Lynch's retweet fueled more specualation about his intentions. On his existing deal he is owed $9 million. He also has a roster bonus of $3 million that would kick in if he remains with the Raiders following the 2017 NFL Playoffs.

King also outlines two routes that Lynch can land with the Raiders, and the first is a voided contract via a release. In a trade scenario, the Seahawks could inquire about draft pick compensation from the Raiders. But he was loved by most of his teammates, and there's no way the club would stand in his way and risk the rancor of the locker room, seeing that Lynch has so many close friends still in the room. The result could be a lot of annoyed Seahawks fans, especially if Lynch refuses to play for the team and forces general manager John Schneider into a hard position.

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The Raiders are badly in need of a running back after letting Latavius Murray walk in free agency. And with roughly $14.7 million in remaining cap space, the Seahawks may be forced to grant him his outright release, which plays into the Raiders hand. The team may be placed in an untenable situation unless the front office decides to take a hard-line stance in which an asset or two comes back to Washington state.

Of course, King on Friday invited Lynch to join the Raiders, joking (we think) that the running back would get the rookie treatment in Oakland and carry the punter's pads after practice.

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