Raiders 'strongly considering' pursuing retired Seahawk Marshawn Lynch

The Raiders' starting running back from last season, Latavius Murray, signed with the Minnesota Vikings this week, and reports indicate Oakland is in the market for a running back. Lynch grew up in Oakland, so the Raiders can present themselves as a tempting, convenient team on which Beast Mode can end his career. The five-time Pro Bowler is from Oakland and there has always been rumours he'd be keen to play for his hometown team.

"It could really happen", a source told ESPN. McKenzie and Seahawks general manager John Schneider have completed many trades together and have a good working relationship as they both worked together with the Green Bay Packers.

By the time Lynch was a senior at Oakland Tech High, the rest of the Oakland Athletic League was ready for him to move on. His retirement may not turn out to last long after all, it could be cut short for a simple reason, his love for the game.

In a June appearance on 60 Minutes Sports on Showtime Lynch said "I'm retired".

Lynch's playing rights are owned by the Seahawks as he has two years remaining on his contract. During Lynch's tenure with the Seattle Seahawks, which began in 2010, only Peterson had more rushing yards after contact. An injury-filled 2015 limited his playing time and ultimately led to his retirement. The Raiders would be hesitant to give Seattle a draft pick for a retired player who is due $9 million next season.

  • Audrey Hill