NFL Rumors: Marshawn Lynch Return Closer Than Ever, Oakland Raiders Only Team He Will Play For?

By Nikko Villanueva, Posted: 03/21/17 08:55AM EDT

One of the biggest names currently being talked about in NFL rumors is Marshawn Lynch. There were speculations that the running back is returning, but not with the Seattle Seahawks. Some league reporters and insiders believe the only team he will play for when he comes out of retirement is the Oakland Raiders. 

In a report by, it was mentioned that NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport discussed Lynch's potential comeback. According to him, if "Beast Mode" will step on the field again and see action, it is with the Raiders. He added that a source said the return is "realer than it's ever been." 

As of this moment, Lynch's playing rights is still with the Seahawks. This means if the Raiders want to bring in the hometown pride, they must do it via trade. NFL's Mike Garafolo spoke about this matter on NFL Total Access. He believes that when needed, Seattle will release the rights but would not do it unless they will get something in return. 

This may sound easy for the Raiders, however,'s report stated that they are not in a good position to complete a trade with Seattle. There were two reasons mentioned that could hinder a deal from materializing. First, general manager Reggie McKenzie is unwilling to send "decent" picks to Seattle. Another is that he is planning to sign stars Derek Carr and Khalil Mack to long-term contracts. 

It is uncertain for now what the future will be for the Raiders and Lynch. If they truly want the running back, they should be ready to give up valuable assets to the Seahawks. Despite retiring early, the 30-year-old was still one of the elites during the last seasons he played. There are reports saying that the one-time Super Bowl winner is still in good shape to play at a high level in the NFL.

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