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Lynch situation plunges into confusion

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It started with a claim that retired (for now) running back Marshawn Lynch has “signed” with the Raiders. It softened to a contention that Lynch and the Raiders have worked out a deal that hinges on the Raiders and Seahawks working out a trade.

At this point, who knows what the hell is going on?

Lynch himself has tweeted, essentially, that there is no deal. A source with knowledge of the situation separately tells PFT that the Raiders and Lynch are “not even close to a deal yet.”

Meanwhile, Dave “Softy” Mahler of KJR in Seattle said on the air within the past 20 minutes that agent Doug Hendrickson texted Mahler from Costa Rica to say there’s no deal.

While it could be a matter of semantics, it’s hard to reconcile multiple reports of a deal being in place with on-the-record claims from both Lynch and his agent that there is no deal. It’s possible that player and agent deliberately have avoided a deal in principle with the Raiders before the Raiders and Seahawks work out their end of the bargain. It could be that someone who wants to bring the issue to a head is overstating the situation to multiple reporters.

Whatever the case may be, and as we’ve seen over and over again in the NFL, no deal is done until it’s signed by both parties and no trade is official until both teams notify the league office of the transaction. Neither has happened in this case; until both do, Lynch isn’t a Raider.

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47 Responses to “Lynch situation plunges into confusion”
  1. infectorman says: Apr 14, 2017 6:35 PM

    Dear PFT:

    Please. Stop.

  2. noose18 says: Apr 14, 2017 6:40 PM

    This marketing ploy is paper-thin and transparent. The Raiders brass must think very little of their fans collective intelligence.

  3. brassknuckles47 says: Apr 14, 2017 6:40 PM

    Who even cares what this nut-job does…?

  4. war27 says: Apr 14, 2017 6:40 PM

    The media can’t wait to fall over itself trying to beat one another to the punch…..

    That’s the confusion.

  5. abninf says: Apr 14, 2017 6:41 PM

    Plunges into confusion. How dramatic.

  6. troubledoneswhobathe says: Apr 14, 2017 6:41 PM

    Meanwhile, shovels have yet to hit the earth regarding their new stadium in Vegas and the parking revenues have yet to be paid in Oakland, but, Marky Mark likes his MO Stooges harstyle. Got it?

  7. bert1913 says: Apr 14, 2017 6:42 PM

    lynch is under contract with the Seahawks. he can not sign with another team, unless he is cut or traded by the Seahawks

  8. oreo51 says: Apr 14, 2017 6:43 PM

    Lynch is going to hold up the Raiders for a good pick in trade to the Seahawks. What leverage do the Raiders have? None! Do they want to go to the Super Bowl with Lynch or waste another season finishing out of the hunt.

  9. gredw6733 says: Apr 14, 2017 6:45 PM

    how about finding another story line guys…..

  10. Uncle Al says: Apr 14, 2017 6:45 PM

    so there’s a deal then?

  11. MichaelEdits says: Apr 14, 2017 6:49 PM

    Just the fax, ma’am. Just the fax.

  12. drunkraider says: Apr 14, 2017 6:53 PM

    this is what happens when arm chair ” sports reporters ” make stuff up in their sleep and try to pass it on as facts.

    The only facts we know, the hawks gave Raiders permission to talk to Lynch.

    Lynch went to the Raiders facilities and talked to them.

    Lynch right now is still retired.

    that is it.

  13. wib22 says: Apr 14, 2017 6:56 PM

    And the packers will sign another vikings reject!

  14. doctorrustbelt says: Apr 14, 2017 6:56 PM

    Hopefully… the next marshawn lynch story is an apology.

  15. MichaelEdits says: Apr 14, 2017 6:58 PM

    They’re trying to trade him to Cleveland.

  16. navyvandal says: Apr 14, 2017 7:04 PM

    Guy is what? 31? I can’t see the Seahawks receiving more than a 3rd-5th rounder. They need CAP relief more than draft chips.

  17. cotroutslayer says: Apr 14, 2017 7:04 PM

    noose18 says:
    Apr 14, 2017 6:40 PM

    This marketing ploy is paper-thin and transparent. The Raiders brass must think very little of their fans collective intelligence.

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    Get real bro. The Raiders don’t need to do this for Oakland crowd. They’re NATIONWIDE. This isn’t a ploy at all. You sound just like Florio, no matter how many times you say it, doesn’t make it true. Move on and find something else to complain about.

  18. cotroutslayer says: Apr 14, 2017 7:06 PM

    oreo51 says:
    Apr 14, 2017 6:43 PM

    Lynch is going to hold up the Raiders for a good pick in trade to the Seahawks. What leverage do the Raiders have? None! Do they want to go to the Super Bowl with Lynch or waste another season finishing out of the hunt.

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    Stop drinking the Cool-aid dude. The Raiders aren’t giving up a draft pick to anyone for a 30 year old RB when they have a hand full of draft picks just days away.

  19. nhpats says: Apr 14, 2017 7:07 PM

    oreo51 says:
    Apr 14, 2017 6:43 PM
    Lynch is going to hold up the Raiders for a good pick in trade to the Seahawks. What leverage do the Raiders have? None! Do they want to go to the Super Bowl with Lynch or waste another season finishing out of the hunt.

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    Yeah….because Lynch I his prime took Buffalo to so many SBs…

  20. phredicles says: Apr 14, 2017 7:14 PM

    This marketing ploy is paper-thin and transparent. The Raiders brass must think very little of their fans collective intelligence.

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    Well, these people are mouthy fans of a team that moves every 10-20 years and spends most of the time in between threatening to move. So, you know, maybe they have a solid sense of things here.

  21. poewing says: Apr 14, 2017 7:37 PM

    You’re killing me smalls. I’ve already talked so much crap in the innernet about this.

  22. nomoreseasontix says: Apr 14, 2017 7:40 PM

    He’s a 31 year old running back who hasn’t played in over a year.
    Who cares?

  23. kabasaman says: Apr 14, 2017 7:41 PM

    I can’t understand the fascination by PFT to be so infatuated with Marshon or anything about him.. The dude is “nuts” and doesn’t deserve the pub.

  24. immafubared says: Apr 14, 2017 7:42 PM

    Why do they want a total distraction like this. The guy retired because he was going down hill and he knew it. Dumb play by the raiders.

  25. exinsidetrader says: Apr 14, 2017 7:44 PM

    That 7 year old Syrian “girl” tweeting out about the war in perfect English and using military terms is more credible than these reports.

    Stop and wait for confirmation of truth. It is not like this is Jim Brown in his prime coming back.

  26. denverdave3 says: Apr 14, 2017 7:46 PM

    ^ Oreo 51

    This Bronco fan can assure you the Raiders were not “out of the hunt” last year. They won the division and deserved it.

    As much as I want the Broncs to retake the division, I still think the Raiders have to be the favorites here. That is a lot more than just in the hunt.

    Darn

  27. BroncosCheatedTheSalaryCap says: Apr 14, 2017 7:46 PM

    Speaking as a man, I would never want the nickname “Softy”

  28. patriots123456 says: Apr 14, 2017 7:47 PM

    No wonder Lynch didn’t talk to the press…

    Apparently he doesn’t know what day it is, or what Planet he is on…

  29. harrisonhits2 says: Apr 14, 2017 7:48 PM

    “Who even cares what this nut-job does…?”

    Lolz at this comment from someone who cared enough to click the link and comment on the article.

  30. tjacks7 says: Apr 14, 2017 7:56 PM

    Really looking forward to the next quarter hourly update on Lynch. I’ll keep refreshing.

  31. orangeraider says: Apr 14, 2017 8:02 PM

    Why feed this media frenzy. Wait until an announcement.
    All this speculation is becoming hackneyed and boring

  32. snnyjcbs says: Apr 14, 2017 8:26 PM

    Who cares one way or the other, just glad they are getting out of that slum Oakland pawns off as a stadium.

  33. internetcommenter7 says: Apr 14, 2017 8:37 PM

    noose18 says:
    Apr 14, 2017 6:40 PM
    This marketing ploy is paper-thin and transparent. The Raiders brass must think very little of their fans collective intelligence.

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    That would be appropriate, just as it is appropriate to think very little of the raiders

  34. braddavery says: Apr 14, 2017 8:39 PM

    It’s an unsigned deal agreed upon in principal hinging on the completion of the trade, after which the deal will be signed and become official. /end story

  35. John Wayne's Brother's Cousin's Milk Man says: Apr 14, 2017 8:44 PM

    It’s lemonade, read the sign delicious…

  36. curtj5 says: Apr 14, 2017 8:56 PM

    There’s a chance that he could get a ring outta this deal, that’s why it’s a big story. Deal with it!

  37. slick50kc says: Apr 14, 2017 9:38 PM

    I hope they sign him and don’t draft a good RB.

  38. therealtrenches says: Apr 14, 2017 10:27 PM

    A retired player talked to a team about making a deal to play for them. A reporter said they made a deal. Then the player said they didn’t.

    O…M…G.

    I’m plunged into confusion!!!

  39. fndraiser says: Apr 14, 2017 10:30 PM

    The Raiders could be a real contender this year unless they sign this malcontent who is me me me. Go draft a young RB that keeps his mouth shut and does what the coach tells him.

    The drama alone should tell you move on…Quickly

  40. wrongowright says: Apr 15, 2017 12:25 AM

    Until he actually rescinds his retirement, all speculation is moot.

  41. araidersfan says: Apr 15, 2017 7:33 AM

    3 years ago, the Raiders had a deal with Rodger Saffold that fell through and it turned out that it was for the best. For the Raiders sake, I hope the same occurs with Lynch.

  42. corkspop says: Apr 15, 2017 8:55 AM

    Lynch thrives on the attention. Missed it while he was retired.

  43. ajpnsf says: Apr 15, 2017 10:31 AM

    Kind of hope it doesn’t work out. This guy is kind of a yard sale. He’s a diva.

  44. jimmysee says: Apr 15, 2017 12:16 PM

    Lynch is a first-class piece of work.

    That’s not a compliment.

  45. getnakedandrunwild says: Apr 16, 2017 3:11 PM

    Meanwhile, Nayshun believes this is the second coming of Tyrod Whatley who was the second coming of Jim Brown. What a Joke!

  46. decapitateme says: Apr 16, 2017 11:35 PM

    Man. Toadman Reg is really swinging for the fences with this one. Hey Toad, the Nation didnt support ya before the move. They aint gonna do it now, with or without Lynch.

    The Oakland Lame Ducks! Oilers tried to stay in Houston a couple years after announcing their move to Tennessee. They lasted one year, average home attendance was 15,000. Raiders need some new tarps. Your fans dont dig you, baby!

  47. silvernblacksabbath says: Apr 19, 2017 12:45 PM

    Sign LeGarrette Blount for cheap! or just draft an RB in the 4th or 5th..

    DEFENSE is what we need!

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