Less than two years ago Marshawn Lynch was still playing football. Around then he talked about retirement and eventually ended up doing it over a year ago. His retirement may not turn out to last long after all, it could be cut short for a simple reason, his love for the game.
He could potentially be playing again and soon. Lynch had spent most of his career playing for Seattle, but he might be playing for a different team at some point in his future as recent rumors surfaced. There is one team that has had their eye on the beast running back, the Oakland Raiders.
They have been staring Lynch down, not because they dislike. They are staring him down because they like him and believe he is capable at returning to the game and being their running back. It is a dream that the Raiders are trying to bring back to life.
It has been a big off-season for Oakland. They have added some prominent pieces to their offensive game. This off-season could get much bigger for the Raiders, and Lynch could be involved in that happening.
A source with knowledge of Lynch’s situation believes that there is a “very good chance” that he would undo his retirement, according to NBC Sports. If the Raiders want him it could get a little complicated. The first team that Marshawn Lynch would return to out of retirement would be the Seahawks.
They would have to decide to keep, cut, or trade him. He would also instantly account for $9 million on the Seahawk’s books. Given his good relationship with the Seahawks, he could request to be traded and have it granted.
It would seem odd for Lynch to play for a different team if he elected to come back to the league. He may be turning 31-years-old, but Lynch does not lack at all in ability. Even if he has been gone for a year, he has the numbers to prove it.
Over the course of nine seasons in the NFL, Lynch has run for over 9,100 yards. If he lands another 1,000 yard season he will be on the top 20 list for backs. If Lynch came out of retirement there would be a few things that would have to align correctly.
He would have to be playing for the right team, and receiving the right numbers. In addition to that, it depends on his willingness to play the game again. Returning could be beneficial in many ways to Lynch aside from salary. He could be polishing off his monstrous legacy.
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Commentary by Cody Macleod