Marshawn Lynch’s deal with the Seattle Seahawks for the 2017 season would be $9 million. The Oakland Raiders reportedly want to pay one-third of that, while the running back is unwilling at taking less than half, according to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Marshawn Lynch's Seattle deal would pay him $9 mi in 2017. Raiders want to pay him 1/3 that while Lynch is balking at taking less than half.
— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) April 21, 2017
Lynch originally met with the Raiders on April 5. Oakland’s carrying a shade over $32 million in cap space with a pair of running backs — Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington — on the roster.
The soon-to-be 31-year-old running back last suited up for the Seahawks during the 2015-2016 season. He decided to hang up his cleats (literally and figuratively) ahead of the following campaign. There was speculation throughout the course of 2016-17 season that the running back would come out of retirement, to no avail.
Should he follow through, Oakland seems to be the only team that would lure the running back out of retirement.
Lynch appeared in just seven regular season games during his final cycle as a member of the Seahawks. During an injury-plagued 2015-2016 season, Lynch posted only 417 yards on 111 carries and 3 touchdowns. Prior to arriving in Seattle midway through the 2010-2011 season, he originally broke through in the NFL with three-plus seasons as a member of the Buffalo Bills. He also had a stellar collegiate career at Cal.
With two undersized running backs in Richard and Washington, who knows how a bruiser like Lynch would fit in for an offense that made a substantial leap from 2015-16 to 2016-17. A unit that already features Derek Carr, Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper, adding Lynch would certainly be intriguing.