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Marshawn Lynch Reportedly 'Really Wants to Play' for Oakland Raiders

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch talks to teammates on the sideline in the second half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistMarch 20, 2017

Marshawn Lynch retired from the NFL one year ago, but he may be willing to make a comeback if it's with the Oakland Raiders

Per Peter King of The MMQB, Lynch "really wants to play for the Raiders. He also wants to do good things for his foundation in the area. This is a great chance to accomplish both things.”

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported a source said Lynch coming out of retirement is "realer than it's ever been" and that for Lynch, it's "Raiders or bust."

ESPN's Adam Schefter and Josina Anderson reported on March 17 the Raiders are "strongly considering" acquiring Lynch. 

The Seattle Seahawks still hold Lynch's rights since he retired with two years left on his contract. The Raiders would either have to trade for the five-time Pro Bowler or wait to see if the Seahawks choose to release him. 

King noted he doesn't believe the Seahawks would stand in Lynch's way if he wanted to return to play for the Raiders: 

Lynch left Seattle with the front office and coaching staff grinding its teeth over him because Lynch was oftentimes a handful. But he was loved by most of his teammates, and there’s no way the club would stand in his way and risk the rancor of the locker room, seeing that Lynch has so many close friends still in there. It’s a complicated dynamic, but in the end Seattle’s probably going to have to release him. 

Lynch would also have to come out of retirement, though that may not be a big hurdle. Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported there is a “very good chance” Lynch will return to the NFL. 

Lynch is from Oakand and stayed close to home for college at the University of California. His Beast Mode apparel line has a store in the city and helped establish the Fam 1st Family Foundation in the Bay Area. 

The Raiders are in the market for another running back after Latavius Murray signed with the Minnesota Vikings. Lynch had four consecutive seasons with at least 1,200 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns from 2011-15.

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