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Report: Lynch would only end retirement for Raiders

Larry Brown Sports logo Larry Brown Sports 2017-03-20 Steve DelVecchio
Marshawn Lynch may actually want to play for the Oakland Raiders. © Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports Marshawn Lynch may actually want to play for the Oakland Raiders.

If Marshawn Lynch does end up coming out of retirement after taking a season off, the Oakland Raiders are apparently the only team he is interested in playing for.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media was told by a source that the possibility of Lynch returning to the NFL is “realer than it’s ever been,” but the Oakland native would only play for his hometown team.

The Seattle Seahawks still own Lynch’s rights, so he would need the team to either trade or release him. Since the Seahawks have very little salary cap space and Lynch would count $9 million against the cap in 2017 if he came out of retirement, there’s a decent chance his wish would be granted.

Lynch has gotten extremely irritated in the past when asked if he is planning to play football again, but we have not heard much from him since the Raiders rumors first surfaced. In fact, Beast Mode retweeted a tweet over the weekend that speculated about him playing for Oakland.

With Latavius Murray having signed with the Minnesota Vikings, the Raiders are in need of running back help. They’d undoubtedly welcome Lynch with open arms, though we doubt the veteran has any interest in taking Raiders punter Marquette King up on his recent offer.

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