Lynch visits Raiders amid talk of comeback

In what is to date the firmest indication that Marshawn Lynch's comeback is an actual possibility, the former Seahawks running back reportedly visited with the Raiders on Wednesday and told the team he intends to come out of retirement.

Rapoport reports the Seahawks cleared Lynch to visit the Raiders for what was described as a "fact-finding" mission.

Speaking on KIRO-AM in Seattle on Wednesday, Seahawks general manager John Schneider said moving Lynch to Oakland would go "in a smooth manner", due to his relationship with Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie, via the Seattle Times' Bob Condotta. A trade would need to be worked out between the two teams and the Raiders have money to spend, but they don't want to break the bank. The Raiders lack a power back of Lynch's caliber after letting Latavius Murray walk in free agency. Representatives at Lids Locker Room and Fanzz at the Galleria Mall reported customers asking specifically for Las Vegas Raiders gear, while salespeople at Khan at Boulevard Mall said they would receive Las Vegas-branded apparel in stock by next week.

Lynch, who turns 31 later this month, averaged 3.8 yards per carry in his limited action in 2015 before retiring.

Now, it appears Lynch has found a situation too good to ignore. "You've got to talk to him".

"I do recall Mark saying that a minority percentage owned by, I think, passive investors could be for sale", Wolff told the newspaper.

"The city name is a very strong association with a team", Walsh said.

Lynch was born and raised in Oakland and played college ball nearby at California.

It's a long process for a lot of reasons, one of which is that Seattle did not release him - the way the Cowboys released QB Tony Romo - and so his rights still belong to them.

Beast Mode in the Black Hole is looking more and more like a reality. In 127 career games, the power back has 74 rushing touchdowns and led the league in that category in both 2013 and 2014.

  • Patricia Jimenez