No matter what any of the latest Oakland Raiders rumors might state or what any National Football League analyst might report, until the former Pro Bowl running back issues an official statement, Seattle Seahawks fans are still left with one major question this offseason: Is Marshawn Lynch unretiring or not? Oakland, who has a need at running back after losing Latavius Murray in free agency to the Vikings, could attempt to trade for or sign Lynch if he is released.
While Lynch hinted at a return on Twitter, we haven't heard anything more concrete until Peter King's Monday Morning Quarterback column.
Ian Rapoport was up early, stoking the burning embers in our hearts, saying that sources close to Lynch say that a comeback is "realer than it's ever been" and if it happens, it will indeed only be for the Raiders. "He also wants to do good things for his foundation in the area".
King says the Raiders want Lynch at a renegotiated price, and Seattle - who still hold his current rights - would likely wind up releasing him. "This is a great chance to accomplish both things".
King also outlines two routes that Lynch can land with the Raiders, and the first is a voided contract via a release. This seems like a potential low-risk trade for the Raiders if they can get the Seahawks to pull the trigger under these conditions. On his existing deal he is owed $9 million. If the 30-year-old back does ultimately decide he wants to continue his career, Oakland is the only place he wants it to happen.
He appeared in just seven regular season games in what would become his final go-round as a member of the Seahawks. However, it was speculated all season long that Lynch would ultimately un-retire while that never happened.