Marshawn Lynch
RB FA
3 days ago

Lynch's future is something Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie would like to have determined prior to next Thursday's draft, Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

Lynch, by mostly all accounts, is seeking to return from retirement and play for his hometown Raiders this season. Despite that being public knowledge at this point, Oakland and his representatives have yet to come to terms on a contract. Once that occurs, the Raiders and Seahawks, who still hold Lynch's rights, will need to agree on a trade. That process is clear, but the dominoes remain in wait of a push, which McKenzie rightfully hopes will occur ahead of next week's draft.

Marshawn Lynch
RB FA
1 week ago

Lynch has not yet reached terms on a contract with the Raiders, Jerry McDonald of The Mercury News reports.

EDGE Analysis

Lynch was reported earlier Friday to have closed a deal with the Raiders, but it appears that isn't yet the case. Nonetheless, it seems the Oakland native will soon clear the way for the Seahawks to trade him to the Raiders. While Lynch, whose rights still belong to Seattle, will need to be reinstated before any transaction is made between the teams, that too seems a formality. By mostly all accounts, Lynch figures to be in silver and black this season, but just when his ticket home will be punched remains to be seen.

Marshawn Lynch
RB FA
1 week ago

Lynch has agreed to contract terms with the Raiders, NFL Network's Mike Silver reports.

EDGE Analysis

Lynch's rights are still held by the Seahawks, but after they gave him permission to negotiate with the Raiders, now a trade is the only transaction left for Lynch to officially join his hometown team once he's reinstated. With a contract in place in Oakland, Lynch's one year in retirement appears destined to come to a close before long, assuming he's reinstated and the Raiders and Seahawks can work out a deal. Behind arguably the best offensive line in football, Lynch would figure to fill the departed Latavius Murray's role as the Raiders' lead tailback, with rising second-year pros Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington around to keep him fresh while serving as change-of-pace options also capable of contributing in the passing game.

Marshawn Lynch
RB FA
2 weeks ago

The Seahawks and Raiders are expected to work out a trade for Lynch, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.

EDGE Analysis

Lynch began the process of filing for reinstatement and will now need to work out terms of a restructured contract before the Raiders agree to trade for him. He had two years remaining on his Seahawks contract when he retired, with the deal paying him a salary commensurate with his standing as one of the top running backs in the league. Oakland will presumably want Lynch to accept a major pay cut, as he'll turn 31 later in April and hasn't played since 2015. While his age, injury history and the long lay-off create questions, Lynch could be highly productive in an Oakland offense that needs a lead back to replace Latavius Murray. The Raiders already have a franchise quarterback and talented receiving corps, in addition to what's arguably the best offensive line in the NFL.

Marshawn Lynch
RB FA
2 weeks ago

Lynch has started the NFL reinstatement process, ESPN's Ed Werder reports.

EDGE Analysis

Lynch's agent is filing the paperwork, which is the first step in officially starting his NFL comeback. He'll be 31 years old later this month, and according to the report, has his sights set on playing for the Raiders, but has still considered other options as a backup plan. In any scenario, Seattle will have to relinquish their rights to Lynch before he can go elsewhere, either via trade or release.

Marshawn Lynch
RB FA
2 weeks ago

Lynch has privately expressed an interest in returning from retirement to play for the Patriots if talks with the Raiders fail to culminate in a deal, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports.

EDGE Analysis

Lynch reportedly told the Raiders recently that he intends to come out of retirement, and according to all accounts, his first choice is to play for his hometown team. However, if the Oakland native is unable to reach terms with the silver and black, a signing with the Patriots would be quite the statement from Lynch. As it stands, New England is said to have an offer on the table to LeGarrette Blount, who led the NFL with 18 rushing touchdowns for them last season. However, if Blount continues to reject that offer, Lynch represents someone with a similar bruising running style that could fill that void. Whether that comes to fruition remains to be seen, but this latest report certainly adds another layer of intrigue to Lynch's situation.

Marshawn Lynch
RB FA
3 weeks ago8 Comments

Lynch has told the Raiders that he intends to come out of retirement, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. "Marshawn is trying to figure things out. The Raiders are trying to figure things out," Seahawks general manager John Schneider told 710 ESPN Seattle on Wednesday. "My understanding is that if he would want to come back and play that it would be for the Raiders, and that would be it."

EDGE Analysis

After meeting with the figureheads of the Raiders' organization, it only seems a matter of time before Lynch lands with his hometown team. Indeed, Schneider acknowledged as much Wednesday. "It's [the negotiation] one that will go in a smooth manner because of our relationship," he said, regarding his previous working relationship with Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie during their tenures in Green Bay. Despite spending a year out of football, Lynch's rights remain with the Seahawks, so trade discussions to figure out the appropriate amount of compensation may be ongoing. In the meantime, he's required to file papers to un-retire and will likely be asked to reach an agreement on a reduced salary. Once all the Is have been dotted and Ts crossed, he'll be on his way to the Bay Area, where he would immediately slot in as the No. 1 running back in front of sophomore options DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard.

Marshawn Lynch
RB FA
3 weeks ago

Lynch could begin the process of coming out of retirement if a meeting with Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio goes well , NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.

EDGE Analysis

Lynch retired with two years remaining on his Seahawks contract, which paid him a salary commensurate with his standing as one of the top running backs in the league. The Raiders won't be willing to pay him nearly as much to come out of retirement, and while Lynch presumably accepts this reality, the Seahawks could still ask Oakland for some minor form of compensation in exchange for relinquishing the running back's NFL rights. The first step is for Lynch to file papers to come out of retirement, at which point the Seahawks would either release him (and get no compensation) or trade him to the Raiders. Before a trade could happen, Lynch would need to work out terms of a reduced contract, as he'll turn 31 in late April and isn't believed to have interest in playing for any team besides his hometown Raiders. Lynch would fill the team's need for a power back to complement 24-year-old DeAndre Washington and 23-year-old Jalen Richard -- both of whom impressed in chance-of-pace roles as rookies last season but struggled when asked to handle significant workloads. Head coach Jack Del Rio probably wants to make sure Lynch is a good fit personality-wise for a young offense that's built around quarterback Derek Carr and wideout Amari Cooper. The veteran running back is visiting the team's facility Wednesday.

Marshawn Lynch
RB FA
3 weeks ago

The Seahawks gave Lynch permission to visit with the Raiders on Wednesday, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Seahawks still hold Lynch's NFL rights and would therefore need to trade or release him before he could come out of retirement to join the Raiders. Seattle probably hopes to obtain something in a trade, but the team might consider releasing Lynch as a gesture of goodwill for a player that had a huge role in the franchise's recent success. Set to celebrate his 31st birthday shortly before the upcoming draft, Lynch is a Bay Area native and seemingly doesn't have interest in playing for any team besides his hometown Raiders. He'd join a backfield that lost Latavius Murray in the offseason, leaving 2016 rookies DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard atop the depth chart. The Raiders likely will try to acquire another power runner if they can't work things out with Lynch.

Marshawn Lynch
RB FA
4 weeks ago

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said he talked to Lynch and still isn't sure if the running back intends to come out of retirement, Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

An Oakland native and current Bay Area resident, Lynch has reportedly been thinking about coming out of retirement to join his hometown Raiders, but he'd first need the Seahawks to relinquish the rights to his services. It's also quite possible Lynch has soured on the idea of playing for the Raiders now that their eventual departure from his hometown is official. The team could use a power runner to replace Latavius Murray in a backfield that's currently headed by second-year players DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard.