The Oakland Raiders saw running back Latavius Murray depart in free agency for the Minnesota Vikings, and now Oakland is looking nearby for his replacement. ESPN is reporting the Raiders are hoping to lure Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch out of retirement.
Lynch retired following the 2015 season. Prior to the season he had signed a two-year contract extension the Seahawks. The team placed him on the reserve/retired list, which means they control his rights for that final year of the contract as long as he remains retired. If he decided he wanted to come out of retirement to play for the Raiders, he would either have to be released or traded by Seattle.
Pro Football Talk reported back in September that Lynch was “up in the air” about a potential NFL return. Nothing ever came of that, but the Raiders could make sense if Lynch is tempted. They are a team on the rise, but more importantly, Lynch is a Bay Area legend. He was born and raised in Oakland, attended Cal, and has been a notable presence in the region since his retirement.
I wouldn’t mind seeing more of Marshawn Lynch, but he’ll be 31 this year, and has not played since the end of the 2015 season. He played seven games in his final year with the Seahawks, with the season cut short due to injury. It’s hard to know whether or not he has anything left in the tank, but he could very well prove to be a solid addition for the Raiders offense. I would think they would look for a complementary running back to go alongside Taiwan Jones, but if they can get Lynch cheap from Seattle, or even off a release, it might be worth it.