The Oakland Raiders have been expressing their interest in adding former Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch for the upcoming season, and Lynch is apparently very interested in playing for his hometown team. According to ESPN, Lynch has visited with the Oakland Raiders and there are a few hurdles to overcome, but the deal between the two "will happen".
Lynch is still technically a member of the Seattle Seahawks, but he was given permission by the team to talk to Oakland.
Marshawn Lynch is ready to return to football after a one-year retirement and play in the city where he grew up. Plus, they would want to do their due diligence on him to see if Lynch would fit into their system as well as their locker room, hence Wednesday's visit. Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington, both 5-foot-8, are entering their second seasons. The Raiders are in the market for a power back after letting Latavius Murray walk in free agency and sign with the Vikings.
The Seahawks could say that they're not going to release Lynch. If the Raiders wanted to sign him, they may have to compensate the Seahawks with a trade, or Lynch would potentially have to structure a buyout from the Seahawks.
But the simpler way to do it would be for the Raiders and Seahawks to agree on some sort of compensation that would allow Lynch to join the Raiders immediately.
Lynch was one of the NFL's top running backs and most popular players for nine seasons.
Beast Mode in the Black Hole is looking more and more like a reality.