Marshawn Lynch is retired. He has made that clear multiple times: "I'm done. I enjoyed my time playing. Now it's time to watch my cousins do they thing," he told 60 Minutes Sports last June. Said former teammate Michael Robinson:"I called Beast Mode. Record this, everybody, please. Marshawn Lynch is retired. He told me from his own mouth. He said, 'Dude, I'm not going anywhere.'"
The Raiders might be calling Lynch's bluff.
Oakland, in need of a running back after Latavius Murray signed a free-agent deal with the Vikings on Thursday, is "strongly considering" bringing Lynch out of retirement and onto its roster, according to ESPN.
"It could really happen," a source told ESPN.
The Seahawks still have rights to Lynch — he's on their reserve/retired list —so his availability would come via trade or release.
Lynch, who turns 31 in April, has "thought about playing" and is "in shape," according to NFL.com. Lynchgrew up in Oakland, so the Raiders can present themselves as a tempting, convenient team on which Beast Modecan end his career.
Lynch would make sense for the Raiders in the same way free-agent Adrian Peterson would.
Wrote SN's Vinnie Iyer about the possibility of Peterson in Oakland: "Not only would Peterson fit what the Raiders want to do on offense behind a powerful run-blocking line, but their depth at running back — DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard — means Peterson would not be needed as a contributor in the passing game, just as a power runner."
Lynch, who is 13 months younger than Peterson, is a five-time Pro Bowler and a 2012 All-Pro selection. He rushed for 2,144 yards and 74 touchdowns in nine seasons with the Bills and Seahawks.