The Raiders have been talking with Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch, who may come out of retirement and join the team. Though reports have varied, nothing solid has happened yet. GM Reggie McKenzie spoke about it today. According to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle, he said:
“At some point, you would like to know. Prior to the draft is that point.”
The team wants to get this done, it appears, but they can’t wait forever. RB Latavius Murray is long gone. If Lynch isn’t going to sign, they may need to address it in the draft, and they want to know where they stand before that. It nothing happens and they draft a RB, that could potentially close the door for Lynch, even if he eventually decides he wants to join.
That said, they still seem optimistic. Tafur also reported that head coach Jack Del Rio said this regarding Lynch:
“[I got] every indication he was excited to play for the Oakland Raiders.”
There are a lot of details to work out. What are the Raiders willing to pay, and what does Lynch believe he’s worth? Would he take a discount to play for his hometown team when it’s a potential Super Bowl contender? Even if he and the Raiders can agree, what will it take for the Raiders to trade with the Seahawks and acquire his rights? The process isn’t as simple as it is sometimes made out to be, and that could be why the Raiders felt like they had to create a deadline and get things moving.