Last month there was talk about Marshawn Lynch potentially coming out of retirement to sign with his hometown Raiders in Oakland. The speculation lasted a little while, but died down fairly quickly. That changed Wednesday.
Former Colts punter Pat McAfee started the chaos by tweeting comments he heard from someone at the Raiders facility. He was told Lynch was there visiting the team, which would make sense if they want to bring him on board.
The visit was then confirmed by multiple reports, and some updates were provided as well. Then, a few hours later,NFL media reportedthe almost 31-year-old back plans to come out of retirement.
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The Seahawks are reportedly fine with Lynch returning to football, even though he's only interested in playing for the Raiders. The team even knew about his Wednesday visit, and gavehim permission to do so.
Perhaps the most interesting note from the report is that coach Jack Del Rio is "the final hurdle." According to NFL media, the coach still has to sign off on the whole thing, which seems like something he would have already done by now.
Many believed the "final hurdle" would have been Lynch making a final decision or the Seahawks giving the OK. With so many steps already determined, it really seems like this could a possibility in the near future.
What's not clear is if the Seahawks plan to release Lynch, or force a trade with Oakland. The Raiders may not be too interested in giving up future picks for a back one year removed from football, but if they can work something out, then a Lynch return could really happen.