The Raiders have reached the financial stage of bringing aboard retired running back Marshawn Lynch, according to an NFL Media report Thursday.
The next step is coming to a contract agreement with Lynch, after which the Raiders and Seattle Seahawks would discuss trade compensation.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, Lynch’s agents have received permission to discuss contract details with the Raiders.
Sources: The #Seahawks & #Raiders are expected to work out a trade for Marshawn Lynch to Oakland. It’s contingent on a reworked contract 1st
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 13, 2017
The original contract extension signed by Lynch in 2015 would pay the running back $9 million in 2017 if he came out of retirement.
That is likely much more money than the Raiders are willing to spend for a running back who is likely to get between 175 and 200 carries as a lead runner who will share the load with second-year backs Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington.
Earlier this week, reports indicated Lynch was interested in playing for the New England Patriots if things didn’t work out with the Raiders. Previously, it was thought to be a one-horse race — the Raiders or nothing.
If Lynch and the Raiders come to terms on a contract and then trade compensation (think in terms of a late-round draft pick, possibly conditional), the coast would be clear for a comeback. NFL Media reported that in event of a trade, the formality of filing paperwork to un-retire does not apply.
On April 5, Lynch visited the Raiders facility and since then received publicity for being involved with a Las Vegas wrist-wrestling event involving NFL players and then reportedly slapped a cell phone away from a teenager attempting to take a picture of him at the Los Angeles International Airport.
The Raiders lost leading rusher Latavius Murray in free agency.