He’s all about that action, boss.
The rumors have been swirling for a while that former Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch might be thinking about a return to the NFL. Today, Ed Werder of ESPN reports that Lynch is actually taking the first real steps towards being reinstated by the league.
Lynch would have file the required paperwork in order to put the pads back on. Surprisingly, he hasn’t been linked with a return to the Seahawks, where he won a Super Bowl, but to his hometown team of the Oakland Raiders (who will soon be the Las Vegas Raiders, but that’s another story). His contract rights are still owned by Seattle after his surprise retirement at the end of the 2015 season, so the two teams would have to come to terms on some sort of deal if Lynch is going to take handoffs in the Bay Area on a regular basis next season.
The Seahawks already have running backs Eddie Lacy, Thomas Rawls, and C.J. Prosise as options at running back, so they would probably be open to making a deal should the Raiders want Lynch. There have also been rumors that the New England Patriots might be interested, should negotiations with Oakland fall through.
Lynch is still just 30-years-old and was a dominant power back for much of his career. His final season in the NFL was plagued with injuries, seeing him appear in just seven games, which somewhat contributed to his decision to walk away. After taking the entire 2016 season off (aka retiring), it sounds like Lynch is still itching to play football before his window closes for good.