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Report: Marshawn Lynch starts reinstatement process

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Marshawn Lynch’s visit to Raiders headquarters reportedly included Lynch telling the team that he’s ready to end his retirement in order to return to the NFL to play for Oakland.

He’s reportedly ready to let the NFL know he’s ready to return as well. Ed Werder of ESPN reports that Lynch has started the reinstatement process in hopes of joining the Raiders.

Once Lynch files reinstatement papers, his $9 million cap hit would be added to the rest of the salaries in Seattle and that would likely lead to a quick resolution as the Seahawks don’t have the cap space — the NFLPA has them with $9,836,983 in cap space –to keep him on the roster for long without clearing out other money to sign this year’s draft picks or make other tweaks to the roster.

There was a report this week that Lynch could also look to latch on with the Patriots if things didn’t work out with the Raiders and Werder adds that Lynch “could team with Richard Sherman” if the cornerback is traded. That’s been much discussed of late, but there would be less pressure on the Seahawks to bring that situation to an end as there would be to removing Lynch from their cap.

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22 Responses to “Report: Marshawn Lynch starts reinstatement process”
  1. gmoney52 says: Apr 13, 2017 7:46 AM

    Better hurry things up before the draft, by then we may no longer need you more than you need us

  2. redsea1111 says: Apr 13, 2017 7:57 AM

    So tired of the media giving attention to this retired person who supposedly hates the media.

  3. RegisHawk says: Apr 13, 2017 9:17 AM

    “Started” the process? What? Do you have to run laps or stretch before sending in the paperwork?

  4. vicksdawgpound says: Apr 13, 2017 9:17 AM

    Would be funny if the Seahawks just decided to move some money around and keep Lynch since he clearly doesn’t want to play for them. I knew when he retired he was going to try to come back. Hope he can at least still play.

  5. Kevin says: Apr 13, 2017 9:29 AM

    I hope they keep him and don’t release him until training camp, when everyone else has already filled out their rosters…

  6. seatownballers says: Apr 13, 2017 9:32 AM

    I hope Seattle can get a 6th round pick for him. Otherwise, why release him until highest bidder emerges

  7. cotroutslayer says: Apr 13, 2017 9:37 AM

    If Lynch doesn’t sign with the Raiders, he’ll re-retire. Despite what ALL these sports writers have to say, he is ONLY going to play for the RAIDERS. He knows there is very little time left to be able to play in front of his hometown so HE will make this deal get done. He’s no dummy!

  8. mudachains says: Apr 13, 2017 9:41 AM

    his skills as a runner of the football are still attractive, teams are wary of his demands to unfettered access to the team golf carts.

  9. rhamrhoddy says: Apr 13, 2017 9:43 AM

    Letting the world know that he may be interested in returning to the league just a few weeks before the draft is just an additional hurdle at one of the craziest times of the year for the Seahawks.

    Then, a couple of weeks closer to the draft, he begins the process of reinstatement. Until he completes that process, there is nothing Seattle can do.

    I wonder if he’s putting the screws to them a little bit in response to them not handing him the ball in Super Bowl 49.

    Basically, once he puts the ball in their court, they can take care of business. But he’s not giving them the ball. Ironic.

  10. corduroy88 says: Apr 13, 2017 9:44 AM

    Does Seattle end up with any dead money if they release him (Lynch)?

  11. Jason Voorhees says: Apr 13, 2017 10:21 AM

    Just starting the process so I don’t get fined, boss

  12. DerekCarrsGoldenArm says: Apr 13, 2017 10:33 AM

    Please stop with the Patriots talk. He’s not coming back for the money. He’s coming back because the hometown kid wants to play for his hometown team before said team finds a new hometown.

    Anything other than that is nonsense. And I would suspect that any of the other noise are agents talking.

  13. skankmeat says: Apr 13, 2017 10:34 AM

    If Lynch doesn’t sign with the Raiders, he’ll re-retire. Despite what ALL these sports writers have to say, he is ONLY going to play for the RAIDERS. He knows there is very little time left to be able to play in front of his hometown so HE will make this deal get done. He’s no dummy!
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    fan boy, you know this how?? He has already expressed interest in the Pats. Back to your comic books, young un!

  14. dvdman123 says: Apr 13, 2017 10:46 AM

    Cut Jimmie Graham and save $10 million right there.

  15. key2heat says: Apr 13, 2017 10:52 AM

    30+ year old RB who has quit his team once. Yea trade for him. Raiders gonna be Raiders.

  16. omeimontis says: Apr 13, 2017 10:54 AM

    The Hogs will likely get nothing for him, because Las Vegas may force the Hogs to release him, knowing that they have to. The only downside for the Vegas Raiders is that another team may outbid them for his services. By waiting, the Raiders can save a draft pick or more and they save money on his contract because no team is likely to trade for a 30 year old running back and pay him $9 million.

  17. omeimontis says: Apr 13, 2017 10:56 AM

    Old habits are hard to break, but I will try to remember that the Raiders are now the Las Vegas Raiders playing temporarily in Oakland.

  18. dburgess11 says: Apr 13, 2017 11:03 AM

    The only real interest the Raiders have is finding a way to fill the stadium while the pack their bags and skip town. Marshawn is a washed up has been. Think about it, he will be 31, will not have played in almost 2 yrs. Not a full season in 3 yrs, has hit the injury prone stage. In 2014, 7 straight weeks on the injury report with back injury, that kept him from starting and finishing games. If signed he will not practice and only appear in short yardage situations, and cry if he doesn’t get the ball on the goal line.

  19. boca12 says: Apr 13, 2017 11:25 AM

    This wont be a shotgun wedding for Lynch to the Raiders…more like ‘arranged’ …..I still maintain pick flush Browns will be involved here. Not to get Lynch, but a player on ANOTHER team the Browns want, and another team that wants to move up and (the Browns) will use their picks (a high pick) for that…and this will then turn into a 3 or 4-way route for Lynch to the Raiders…..

  20. oneilistheone says: Apr 13, 2017 11:43 AM

    vicksdawgpound says:
    Apr 13, 2017 9:17 AM

    Would be funny if the Seahawks just decided to move some money around and keep Lynch since he clearly doesn’t want to play for them. I knew when he retired he was going to try to come back. Hope he can at least still play.

    25 8

    It would be really stupid for the Seahawks to move some money around and give 9 mil to any F/A RB.But they will give 9 mil to one who they know does not want to play for them.

    More importantly when he was on their roster toward the end they clearly showed that he had worn out his welcome with them.

    So now they will give him 9 mil why? So they can line up on the one and throw it again? or he can sit the bench?
    If he is 90% Beastmode will they get 90?
    He doesn’t want play for us,So no one can have him?

    That will be more money than he is going to get anywhere else.Im sure he would be laughing all the way to the bank.

  21. firecracker87 says: Apr 13, 2017 11:46 AM

    If he wants to play in his hometown then good spot. If he’s looking for an SB ring then bad plan.

  22. grumpysal says: Apr 13, 2017 11:52 AM

    Of course he wants to play for the Las Vegas Raiders. By doing so, he’ll be able to further his career as a promoter for professional arm wrestling on The Ocho.

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