Report: Raiders “strongly considering” Marshawn Lynch

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Raiders radio announcer Greg Papa said on Thursday that the team had interest in acquiring a retired running back who didn’t play in the NFL last season.

The first name that popped into most heads was likely Marshawn Lynch, who retired from the Seahawks after the 2015 season, and that feeling appears to be the correct one. Adam Schefter and Josina Anderson of ESPN report that the Raiders are “strongly considering” a move to acquire Lynch.

Lynch’s rights still belong to the Seahawks, so bringing him to play in his hometown of Oakland will require either a trade or a release. The former would seem more likely as the Seahawks would surely prefer to get compensation for Lynch’s rights.

There’s also the matter of Lynch’s interest in returning to play, although it’s been discussed before and it’s hard to believe the Raiders going too far with their consideration of adding Lynch to their backfield if they didn’t have some idea about his willingness to be about that action again after sitting out last season.

As the Seahawks still control his rights, getting that information directly from Lynch or his representatives would be tampering absent permission from Seattle. That’s one of the things that will have to get ironed out if things are going to progress to Lynch returning to football in Oakland.

70 responses to “Report: Raiders “strongly considering” Marshawn Lynch

  1. Legit question…..Is it tampering to speak with a retired player where another team has his rights?

    Seems like they would have to know if he was willing to play prior to trading anything, but wouldn’t the Seahawks have to give them permission to have those discussions?

    Or is this just an other example of the rules the NFL chooses not to enforce.

  2. So…they are considering a RB that sat out last year and may not have kept in shape over AP (Nelson Peterson loves the Raiders’ line…), who also (basically) sat out but is always in shape?

    What is going on with the AP market? Is he asking WAY TOO much? Is that knee too beat up for anyone to trust?

  3. This is in that grey area of tampering sort of like the ones limiting discusions in the Patriots/Saints/Butler thing. Its arguably in the players (in this case Lynch’s) to allow a lityle discussion to favillitate things. But the rules dont allow it. The tampering rules do have to be there because abuses would get crazy otherwise, but once in a while there is a situation where they are in the way.

  4. If you win the SB with another team’s marquee player then it doesn’t feel like a signature win. Case in point: Denver renting Peyton Manning for a couple years.

  5. Tampering? You don’t think for a minute that Reggie didn’t call Schneider and ask for permission first?

    As far as the player, I’m a big fan of Marshawn but if all things were equal, I’d prefer AP.

  6. I live in the bay area and Greg Papa thinks he is an expert at every sport. He thinks he knows everything about football, baseball and basketball. Hes a jack of all trades and a master of none. Hes also a major alcoholic. Take whatever he reports with a grain of salt.

  7. As soon as I saw the name Josina Anderson attached to the story I new it was Fake News. The woman has no credibility as a reporter. She just makes stuff up…

  8. Seattle may control his rights, but all he has to do to become a FA is “unretire”. Seattle doesn’t have the cap space to accommodate his contract. They would have to release him.

  9. This Bronco fan is concerned about all the off-season actions of the Raiders. It appears as if they genuinely plan to make a run at the AFC West, and after that, who knows?

    I’m glad to see the Raiders relevant again. It makes for more meaningful games. Congrats to the RaiderNation.

  10. problem is that even if he returns, he may be playing in Vegas instead of his home town. Raiders are desperate after they allowed Latavius Murray to walk. They probably offered him too little money hoping nobody else would offer him more.

  11. bencoates57 says:
    Mar 17, 2017 8:50 AM
    If you win the SB with another team’s marquee player then it doesn’t feel like a signature win. Case in point: Denver renting Peyton Manning for a couple years.
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    4 years, 45 (reg. season) wins, alltime single season passing yardage and touchdown records, etc. Some rental.

  12. Wrong maestro, Seattle still has 15 mill in cap space left. Anyways Oakland, give us a first and third and he’s yours. Yup. Unreasonable as hell. Still worth it?

  13. “I thought when a player retired their rights went away?”

    He retired while still under contract. The given teams holds the player’s rights if he comes out of retirement for the length of time left on the contract at the point of retirement.

  14. genericcommenter says:
    Mar 17, 2017 9:25 AM
    bencoates57 says:
    Mar 17, 2017 8:50 AM
    If you win the SB with another team’s marquee player then it doesn’t feel like a signature win. Case in point: Denver renting Peyton Manning for a couple years.
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    4 years, 45 (reg. season) wins, alltime single season passing yardage and touchdown records, etc. Some rental.

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    HGH You Taste So Good…………..

  15. The Raiders are not considering signing Marshawn Lynch as a RB.
    They want him as their Director Of Media Relations.

  16. You non football heads don’t understand. Ap, Beast Mode, Legerrette Blount, de Angelo Williams, or whoever- they will not be asked to come in and carry the ball 25 times and be a bell cow back. We have the 2 rookies that surprised everyone last year Richard and Washington to do that. We need a 1st down back, goal line back, someone to keep keep the chains moving on short yardage runs. With that said, in Reggie we trust! Beast Mode playing for the hometown team will have the black hole rockin!

    RAIDER NATION

  17. If you win the SB with another team’s marquee player then it doesn’t feel like a signature win. Case in point: Denver renting Peyton Manning for a couple years.
    ===

    The only thing anyone is going to remember about Super Bowl 50 is Cam pouiting like a child playing Pop Warner and Von Miller blowing him up.

  18. The reason Pete didn’t run Lynch at the end of SB49 is because Beast-Mode’s previous run had beed completely stuffed by Dont’a Hightower – and Dont’a did that with only one good arm because he was playing with a badly injured shoulder at that point. Lynch was great in his day, but should stay retired.

  19. dryzzt23 says:
    Mar 17, 2017 8:38 AM
    Wow, that is stupid. Lynch comes back and will be hurt in the 1st game. What will the Raidas do then?
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    Jesus, is that you?

  20. Denver’s defense won SB 50. Manning was a shell of himself and missed 7 games that season. Denver had 190 yards of offense in that SB victory. It was a signature win for Wade Phillips and the D.

  21. He played 7 games in 2015 and 0 last year.. Some growth hormone and he’ll be ready!!!!
    Sign him cheap!

  22. streetyson says:
    Mar 17, 2017 10:24 AM

    The reason Pete didn’t run Lynch at the end of SB49 is because Beast-Mode’s previous run had beed completely stuffed by Dont’a Hightower – and Dont’a did that with only one good arm because he was playing with a badly injured shoulder at that point. Lynch was great in his day, but should stay retired.
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    Stuffed???? What are you talking about?
    Lynch ran for 4 or 5 yards on the play before Butler’s INT and Hightower made a great play to shed block and make tackle!

    Lynch had a great 2014 year!

  23. Am I the only one that recognizes that for Oakland to even know if Lynch would play for them they must have tampered? Either Oakland just screwed up or Josina Anderson is making things up again.

  24. nominnychampions says:
    Mar 17, 2017 8:39 AM

    With the greatest ViQueen RB available and the Raiders r considering a guy who was sitting around all year eatin skittles over him, O how the mighty have fallen!
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    I assume its the kid stuff with A.D. or he wants too much…

  25. @bencoates57: You’ve been shoveling too much snow.

    A SB victory is a SB victory, no matter who is on the roster or how lucky you get.

    Typical patsy fan, trying to degrade the accomplishments of others, while spewing trite nonsense about their false dynasty.

    Take off, hoser.

    GO RAIDERS

  26. Sounds cool to me. Let’s pick him up for a 6th or so. He’s still a heck of a lot better than Murray was. All the haters and their feeble opinions are giving me some good laughs this morning.

    GO RAIDERS

  27. I hope lynch does go to the raiders and I truly believe that’s the only way he comes out of retirement be a nice story seeing him get to play for his home team

  28. This piece doesn’t even say how old Lynch is. Whatever his age, it would be a dumb move by the Raiders. Lynch isn’t going to play for peanuts just to get back in football, and giving him a decent contract would be crazy. He’s got a ton of mileage and probably way out of shape.

  29. seatownballers says:
    Mar 17, 2017 9:26 AM
    Wrong maestro, Seattle still has 15 mill in cap space left. Anyways Oakland, give us a first and third and he’s yours. Yup. Unreasonable as hell. Still worth it?

    – – – – – –
    His cap number is around $10M (per Rotoworld’s contract details), and the Seahawks still have to sign their draft class and other FAs to fill out the roster.

    So, IMO, $15M of cap room isn’t enough for his $10M cap number, all of the rookies and all of the other FAs they will still sign to fill out the team.

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