Raiders received permission to speak to Marshawn Lynch

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So how can running back Marshawn Lynch be visiting with the Raiders if he remains on Seattle’s reserve/retired list? The Seahawks, PFT has confirmed, have granted the Raiders permission to speak to him.

That said, Lynch remains on the reserve/retired list. Unless he’s released from the reserve/retired list, the Raiders can’t sign him.

They can trade for him, however. The process would be fairly simple. Lynch would notify the league of his desire to unretire and then, once he’s reinstated, he’s be shipped to Oakland.

Appearing on PFT Live last week in Arizona, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll didn’t seem to be sold on the idea of Lynch returning to football.

“He’s still in our system and on our team,” Carroll said. “I’m happy for him as much as he can keep his name going. He’s got a big business that he’s pushing and everything helps. Right now he’s retired and that’s really all we can say about it.”

Carroll was asked whether he’d welcome Lynch back to the Seahawks, if Lynch decides to play.

“We’ll consider everything, always,” Carroll said. “You’re either competing or you’re not. . . . But he has pretty well declared that he officially retired and was pretty serious about it. Having second thoughts is something that I think everybody always does, and that may have entered into his thinking.”

What seems to be entering his thinking at this point is playing football again, but for the Raiders. It’s a move that would help the team soothe ruffled feathers in Oakland, sell truckloads of jerseys, and cement an offense that, coupled with its defense, could be ready to compete seriously for a Super Bowl berth.

Even if Lynch wanted to play for the Seahawks, they likely wouldn’t want him back at $9 million for 2017, a year after he walked away. Lynch presented plenty of challenges for the team, and he carries plenty of weight in the locker room. At a time when they’re considering the possibility of life without Richard Sherman, the Seahawks presumably aren’t inclined to revisit life with Marshawn.

Even if he’d instantly be the best option on their depth chart at the tailback position.

16 responses to “Raiders received permission to speak to Marshawn Lynch

  1. The NFL is so predictable.
    Lynch will play for the Raiders in 2017.
    They need something ANYTHING to try keep the Oakland fans interested, showing up and spending money.

    The Raiders organization is moving out for the second time …. the best that could happen is if they had 0 attendance for all 8 home games.

  2. “Lynch presented plenty of challenges for the team, and he carries plenty of weight in the locker room”

    Uhhhh what? This again PFT? What exactly did he do that was such a terrible weight n the locker room?

    Complain about not throwing on 2nd down? Do skittles commercials? The whole ‘Im here so I dont get fined’? He certainly seemed like a guy well liked in that locker room. And challenged the team in a GOOD way.

    Stop posting this unless your going to clearly clarify

  3. Good move by the Raiders, trying to keep their divorced fans engaged. Even though he is 31, I’ll bet he still has something left as a situational back and can help them. Smart PR and roster play. Don’t over pay!

  4. I guess I’m not completely familiar with the phrase “carries plenty of weight”. I thought that it meant that the subject had considerable influence.

  5. …he carries plenty of weight in the locker room”

    Uhhhh what? This again PFT? What exactly did he do that was such a terrible weight n the locker room?

    Complain about not throwing on 2nd down? …And challenged the team in a GOOD way.

    Stop posting this unless your going to clearly clarify
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    Uhh…I think they mean he is well respected in the locker room…as in…his opinion carries weight in the locker room.

  6. How can the Raiders play in Oakland if they’re a “lame duck” team? Raider Nation can’t be that stupid to keep paying for high priced tickets when they’re being screwed by Davis by re-locating to Las Vegas? Davis believes Raider fans will do anything and pay any price to watch their team play anywhere. If Oakland is such a bad, outdated stadium, Davis should lower seat prices. Yeah, right.

  7. Carrying weight in the locker room means that MLynch had the respect and reverence of his teamates. Sometimes to the detriment of mgmt.

  8. “Lynch would notify the league of his desire to unretire…”

    I’m pretty sure that because he never filed his retirement papers that he’s not officially retired, and therefore does not have to notify the league of anything.

  9. Lynch wouldn’t have to carry as much with Richard and Washington in the rotation. What better way to endear yourself permanently to Oaktown than to be a big part of the renaissance currently under way.

    And while you’re talking to Seattle, find out the price to bring over Sherman.

  10. mzew233 says:
    Apr 5, 2017 3:30 PM
    “Lynch presented plenty of challenges for the team, and he carries plenty of weight in the locker room”

    Uhhhh what? This again PFT? What exactly did he do that was such a terrible weight n the locker room?
    ________

    Well, he held out one year and has been a constant locker room distraction his whole time in Seattle. Some of that blame goes to the media for exploiting Lynch for not liking to talk to them and sensationalizing it. But nonetheless, he was a huge distraction.

  11. Lynch isn’t worth much as a trade if he only wants to play for one team. Seattle better take anything it can get as there will be no bidding war for his services and Oakland really isn’t that desperate. Next year he won’t be worth anything so the time is now for Seattle to take what it can get no matter how little.

  12. Please sign this bum, and his 3.5 YPC in his last season played. You still can’t beat the Chiefs who literally have no QB.

  13. Can’t believe I agree with a Chiefs fan above.
    Lynch was done two years ago and he would be 31 for the 2017 season. Unless he’s a short yardage specialist this will be a bust move for Oakland……So please sign him Raiders!

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