Former Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has begun his reinstatement process, the first step in coming out of retirement to potentially play for his hometown Oakland Raiders, ESPN’s Ed Werder reports.
However, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, the Seahawks and Raiders are expected to work out a trade for Lynch, which will be contingent on a reworked contract.
Per NFL rules, if Lynch is traded, he does not have to file a reinstatement letter. It would be a clean return to play. Lynch had permission from the Seahawks to talk to the Raiders and his agents have permission to rework his deal. If it happens.
Lynch, who will be 31-years-old later this month, has his sights set on playing in Oakland, but has still considered other options as a backup plan. In any scenario, Seattle will have to relinquish their rights to Lynch before he can go elsewhere, either via trade or release.
Lynch retired from the NFL following the 2015 season and has two years left on his contract with the Seahawks. Once Lynch submits paperwork to come off Seattle’s reserve/retired list, the remaining two years of his three-year, $24 million contract extension will immediately go back on the Seahawks’ books. His $9 million base salary would count against the Seahawks salary cap, which would eat up just about all of the team’s remaining cap space for 2017 unless and until they terminate the contract, or work out a trade, as Rapoport reports will happen.
Intriguingly, Werder also mentions the former All-Pro running back could join former teammate Richard Sherman in Oakland if Sherman is traded there.
Werder mentioned the Patriots, Raiders and Packers as teams in need of both a running back and cornerback but added: “Whether anyone trades for Richard Sherman remains to be seen.”