It just may happen! Following reports that the Oakland Raiders would seek to persuade Marshawn Lynch to come out of retirement, the running back has apparently expressed interest.
According to NFL.com, the retired Seattle Seahawks running back visited the Raiders facility on Wednesday (April 5) and told the team he intends to un-retire.
For Raiders fans, however, this is just the first step in actually acquiring Lynch. He’s still under contract with the Seahawks, who would need to either release him or work out a trade for him to join his hometown team.
Seahawks general manager John Schneider was asked about Lynch during an appearance on 710 ESPN Seattle on Wednesday, during which he confirmed that he’s had talks with the Raiders about the proposition.
“I have a great relationship with Reggie McKenzie, who is the general manager of the Raiders. I shared an office with him for probably eight years [with the Green Bay Packers]. We’ve had dialogue about it,” Schneider said. “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’d be about it.”
For Oakland, the addition of Lynch would be big. They lost Latavius Murray in free agency this offseason and are currently lacking a power back of Lynch’s caliber.
If they land Lynch, he would team up with franchise quarterback Derek Carr and receivers Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree, putting the Raiders in a position to make a run for next year’s Super Bowl.
The Raiders last won the Super Bowl in 1983, when they beat the Washington Redskins; and haven’t made an appearance in the big game since 2002, when they were blown out by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Stay tuned as this story develops…