Retired running back Marshawn Lynch is still undecided if he will make an NFL comeback next season amidst loud speculations that he may suit up for his hometown team Oakland Raiders. The Raiders’ fans and supporters have used social media to drum up his potential return, while the player himself has not done anything to suppress the rumors.
Lynch, who will turn 31 next month, last played for the Seattle Seahawks during the 2015 season. He is still officially under contract with Seattle so any team that would like to bring him out of retirement will have to negotiate with the Seahawks first.
There are rumors that the Super Bowl champion is considering a return appearance in the NFL in the 2017 season. Fansided reported that Lynch is “only considering that comeback with the Raiders,” which means that talks between the two clubs could soon happen if he indeed wants to play again.
Lynch’s agent, Doug Hendrickson, recently admitted that he has not spoken to his client about coming out of retirement or specifically wanting to play for the Raiders, saying that it was “the media who took the ball and kind of ran with it.” He then said that it is hard for him to speculate unless he formally talks to Lynch about the matter.
“I’m due to see him this week,” said Hendrickson. “He’s one of the most unique guys I’ve ever been with in my life. Marshawn… it wouldn’t shock me if he says, ‘Hey, I want to play.’ It wouldn’t shock me if he says, ‘Nah, I don’t know where this came from. I don’t want to play.'”
The agent noted that “money isn’t a factor” for Lynch if he indeed decides to come back, but that “he misses the game.” Still, Hendrickson said that it would be “impossible to read the man”.
“He does miss football. No question. He loves the game of football. He’s 30. But until I meet with him this week, you know, I don’t know what his mind-set is. He’s the kind of guy that can shift by the hour,” he added.
While Raiders fans are anxious to welcome Lynch this offseason, his potential signing remains to be a rumor. Oakland now has a pressing need at the running back position after Latavius Murray joined the Minnesota Vikings in free agency.
A week has passed with Raiders fans in limbo when it comes to Marshawn Lynch.
The Oakland native’s potential return from retirement to don Silver and Black sent Raiders fans into a frenzy 10 days ago. The running back even reportedly visited the Seahawks brass to discuss his desire to play for the Raiders — since Seattle owns his rights — and he seemingly hinted on Twitter that he had only one team on his mind.
But there’s been no word from Lynch, the Raiders or the Seahawks on what’s next for Oakland’s favorite son. The only bit of news this week was Lynch’s agent telling KNBR he is really not sure what Lynch will do.
It remains unclear whether Lynch chose to press pause on the situation or whether other complications arose regarding a potential exchange between the Raiders and Seahawks. It’s easy to speculate that Lynch is a little hesitant to lead a farewell/divorce campaign in Oakland as the team readies for a potential relocation.
If Lynch does want to unretire, and if he does convince Seattle to release him or trade his rights to the Raiders — two big ifs — the current Seahawks would not fuss.
“Well, (Marshawn’s) been talking about Oakland. He’s from the town cheap sports jerseys wholesale, so that’s like going home for him,” Seahawks star Richard Sherman told ESPN. “It’d be like a basketball player growing up in L.A. and saying, ‘I’m going to play for the Lakers one day.’ It’s probably something he’s always wanted to do since he was a kid, so we’ve got no problem with that.”
Lynch has the all-clear from Sherman and Co., with whom he won Super Bowl XLVIII, but what he really needs is the go-ahead from Seahawks general manager John Schneider. That is, if Lynch actually wants to return to the NFL so he can help enliven the Black Hole as Sin City wholesale jerseys review beckons.