John Schneider: Marshawn Lynch talks with Raiders will go smoothly

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Talk of running back Marshawn Lynch returning to the NFL with the Raiders has been percolating for a while now and things took a big step forward on Wednesday with Lynch visiting the team to reportedly tell them that he wants to play in Oakland.

Making that happen isn’t as simple as just signing a contract. The Seahawks hold the running back’s rights and would have to trade him to the Raiders or release him in order to get Lynch into silver and black.

During an appearance on ESPN 710 in Seattle on Wednesday afternoon, Seahawks General Manager John Schneider confirmed Lynch only wants to play for the Raiders and said his relationship with Raiders G.M. Reggie McKenzie — the two men shared an office with the Packers earlier in their careers — would make for easy talks.

“It’s one that will go in a smooth manner because of our relationship,” Schneider said, via Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times.

When and if Lynch submits reinstatement papers with the league, he’ll immediately count for $9 million under the Seahawks’ salary cap and that’s not a number the Seahawks could easily carry right now. That should go along with the relationship between the two executives as reason to believe that things would play out sooner rather than later to get Lynch on Oakland’s roster.

12 responses to “John Schneider: Marshawn Lynch talks with Raiders will go smoothly

  1. Why does it matter that Schneider had a relationship with McKenzie? He needs to do what’s best for Seattle and that means getting the most from Raiders and not let them off “easy.”

  2. Nothing but respect for Beast Mode and all he did for us here. Good luck in Oakland and Vegas.

  3. The Seahawks have zero leverage here. They have to either carry Lynch’s $9M in 2017 or cut him. The Raiders can just sit and wait it out. Though I think it’s likely the Raiders throw the Seahawks a 7th rounder as a courtesy.

  4. Still time to hop on the bandwagon without looking too obvious, people. Btw, where’d all the niner fans go in the San Joa go?

    Win, lose, or tie
    LA, Oakland, or Vegas
    It still is, and forever will always be
    Raiders til’ I die.

  5. That signing bonus is the Seahawks leverage. IMO, there’s no way Schneider is just letting Marshawn walk away with that bonus with no compensation from the Raiders via a pick or some other arrangement.

  6. Get it done Big Reg. If we only get him for a season or two, I would much rather have Beastmode mentoring Washington and Richard instead of Murray mentoring them. The guy can ball, and he’ll let you know if you’re not giving 110%.

  7. Two parties here hold all the cards; BeastMode and the Raiders. It’ll go down like this: Beast will give back his $5 million signing bonus and Seattle will cut him. Raiders pick him up on a one year deal for $3 million, with an option on a second year. The Raiders will give up NO DRAFT PICKS TO SEATTLE.

    All you people out there that think the Raiders will have to give up a draft pick are nuts. Seattle will have to cut him or take the $9 million hit to their cap which they cannot afford at this point. Seattle has no leverage at all in this deal.

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