Seahawks still control Marshawn Lynch’s rights

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Because Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch retired — and because the Seahawks placed him on the reserve/retired list — he remains under contract with Seattle. Before he could play for the Raiders, the Seahawks would have to release him or trade him.

The Seahawks could opt to be coy, taking a page from the ongoing effort of the Cowboys to finagle a trade for Tony Romo. Lynch could force the issue by filing with the league office a request to return (it would be granted automatically) and showing up for the offseason program. That would reinstate his $9 million salary (and cap number) from 2016 onto the Seattle bok.

Before letting him go, the Seahawks could ask for a portion of the $5 million in unearned signing bonus money that was paid to Lynch and not pursued after he retired. Or they could simply explain to the Raiders that, because Seattle paid Lynch money for future services that will be rendered elsewhere, the Raiders have even more reason to compensate the Seahawks via trade.

If a trade happens, the next question becomes whether the Raiders would pay Lynch $9 million for 2017. Given his age (31 next month), his absence from the game for a year, and his overall wear and tear, it’s unknown whether he’d truly make a difference in Oakland. Would his hometown team protect itself by going with a low base salary and a strong incentive package?

Or would the Raiders pay whatever needs to be paid because getting Lynch isn’t just about football? It’s about ensuring that the looming Las Vegas lame ducks can keep the stadium full and the local excitement level high for what could be the last two years in Oakland. Having an immensely popular Oakland native in the fold could do just that.

23 responses to “Seahawks still control Marshawn Lynch’s rights

  1. I get the excitement but he’s 2 years removed from a 400 yard 3 TD 3.8 ypc season. Never say never but I struggle to see him making a positive impact after a year away from the game. But I do get the excitement.

  2. Aw, Beast…this is not how Toad do. You were smart with your money and you walked away on your terms and with everybody’s respect…don’t let the Las Vegas Raiders use you!

  3. So, don’t turn up for your $9M and we won’t chase you for the $5M… But this unchased delayed-bonus money was a way of manipulating the team’s 2015 cap and means Petey (or any other team doing the same) has effectively paid Lynch more for his services in 2015 than the cap limits would allow. Just one of the myriad of ways in which the integrity-free NFL allows teams to effectively circumvent a supposed cap.

  4. did the raiders ask him to come out of retirement, or did the raiders ax him him to come out of retirement?

  5. His 447 yard total in 2015 was over 7 games. If you prorate that over 16 games it is over 1,000 yards. The 4 years prior to 2015 he played in 63 of 64 games.

    Maybe a year off and he is refreshed and ready again. Maybe a year off and he doesn’t have it anymore.

    Maybe the cost to the Raiders is to much of a risk.

    Time will tell.

    When he was in Buffalo and we had a good OL he was fund to watch.

  6. bigugly2005 says:
    Mar 17, 2017 9:53 AM
    This is a non story. Anyone in their right mind would opt for Adrian Peterson over Lynch….!

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    I guess there’s not a lot of people in their right mind.

  7. Would it be so important to get Lynch,, when they could draft a RB? There are too many hoops and obstacles that exist that Oakland would have jump through to get him. And still it would not be a good idea for a number of reasons. If Oakland is actually serious, their sanity would be in question.

  8. Seattle fans love to tell you how smart Pete Carroll is. He isn’t.
    See: Malcolm Butler.

    Are you telling me Seadogs signed Fatso Eddie Lacey and had no idea Marshawn Lynch wanted to play again? That’s not doing your homework.

  9. I get the feeling Marshawn’s posse has completely run through his money, and now he desperately needs a payday. Livin’ large in a van down by the river by 2019.

  10. It’s nice to see Seattle do the right thing, which is to not allow one of their greatest players to go to another franchise after Seattle asked him to take a pay cut.

    And by the way, Bruce Irvin will refuse to come back. Why? Seattle tried to force a pay cut on him too.

    Meanwhile, the 2013s will criticize other teams for asking players to take pay cuts.

  11. Lynch knew Seattle was going downhill, that they didn’t have the type of QB who could carry that team when the defense started playing at a normal level and not at an elite level. Now he has a chance to go play for a real contender with a better QB.. Hopefully he’ll get his release so he can go play for a team that actually has a chance to win it all and won’t rely on him to carry the offense.

  12. streetyson says:
    Mar 17, 2017 10:13 AM
    So, don’t turn up for your $9M and we won’t chase you for the $5M… But this unchased delayed-bonus money was a way of manipulating the team’s 2015 cap and means Petey (or any other team doing the same) has effectively paid Lynch more for his services in 2015 than the cap limits would allow. Just one of the myriad of ways in which the integrity-free NFL allows teams to effectively circumvent a supposed cap.

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    I don’t think you understand the cap. No team can avoid having cash paid to players count against their cap at some point. Teams can shift the counting of a cash payment 1 or 2 years out. All the Seahawks did was push $5mm into 2016 so they had $5mm less in 2016 cap space.

  13. Lynch knew Seattle was going downhill, that they didn’t have the type of QB who could carry that team when the defense started playing at a normal level and not at an elite level
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    Wilson is the 2nd highest rated passer in the League.

    He’s won 70% of the games he’s started.

    If not for a great defensive play, he’d have two Rings.

    Other than Brady, name a QB who has had more success since 2012?

  14. Never try to reason with a person who thinks Ryan Tannehill was the best thing to come out of 2012.

  15. I get the feeling Marshawn’s posse has completely run through his money
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    He’s was outspoken about the fact that he was smart with his money, and inspite of his goofy public persona, he actually cleaned house in terms of marketing during his career (with Seattle, anyway)

    .. but who can blame him for wanting the $9mil he left on the table??!

    The average guy hacking away at a keyboard can’t even fathom what that would truly feel like.

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