This is certainly a surprise.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Oakland Raiders are trying to entice 30-year-old running back Marshawn Lynch out of retirement to join their depleted backfield. Lynch hasn’t played since the end of the 2015 season, during which he battled injuries and had one of the least-productive years of his career.
If Lynch is open to an NFL return, it wouldn’t be as simple as signing with the Raiders. The Seattle Seahawks still own his rights, since he stunned everyone by retiring in the middle of his contract. Oakland would have to trade and/or buy the rights from Seattle. Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network claims that Lynch has stayed in shape and is potentially open to a return, under the right circumstances.
Lynch was drafted by Buffalo with the 12th overall pick in 2007 and played three and a half seasons for the Bills traded him to Seattle. He made a name for himself with the Seahawks with great plays like the “Beast Quake” and a quirky personality that included snacking on Skittles on the sidelines. He helped the Seahawks to a Super Bowl championship in the 2013 season.
Lynch also made headlines for refusing to fulfill his media obligations. After being fined multiple times by the NFL, Lynch started giving joke answers to every question, including answering every single question on Super Bowl media day with “I’m just here so I won’t get fined.”