Could the Oakland Raiders lure Marshawn Lynch out of retirement?
The Silver & Black are “strongly considering” doing just that — either via trade or by his release — league sources told ESPN. The Seattle Seahawks own Lynch’s rights for the 2017 season.
Lynch signaled his NFL retirement on Twitter on Feb. 7, the day of Super Bowl 50, with a two-fingered peace sign emoji and an image of cleats that were hung up. The running back doubled down on that in an interview with 60 Minutes Sports last June, saying, "I'm done. I'm done. I enjoyed my time playing. Now it's time to watch my cousins do their thing.”
But Lynch is from Oakland, is heavily involved in the local community and playing for his hometown team could be intriguing to him, according to ESPN.
Latavius Murray, who rushed for 788 yards and 12 touchdowns last season with the Raiders, signed with the Minnesota Vikings earlier this week.
Lynch played nine seasons in the NFL — with the Seahawks and Buffalo Bills, who drafted him in 2007. He won a Super Bowl with Seattle in 2013 and finished with 9,112 yards and 74 touchdowns in his career.
Richard Sherman, Lynch’s former teammate, isn’t sold that the running back is finished, telling NFL.com in May: “I don’t put anything past him. He’s about as predictable as a pair of dice. So I don’t try to call his plays.”