Get ready NFL, Marshawn Lynch is almost back.
The five-time Pro-Bowler, who retired after the 2015 season, began hisNFL reinstatement process Thursday morning, according to ESPN.com.
Though the Seahawks still own the rights to Lynch's contract, it appears they are ready to trade Lynch to the Raiders. Lynch has visited the Raiders this offseason, trying to gauge what his role would be with the team.
According to NFL.com,The Seahawks and Raiders are expected to work out a trade that would sendLynch to Oakland. However, the deal will becontingent on a reworked contract first.
Lynch last played in 2015 when he rushed for433 yards and three touchdowns in just seven games. He eclipsed 1,200 yards his previous four seasons.
The Raiders lost bruising running backLatavius Murray to the Vikings this offseason, so Lynch could handle early-down work should the trade go through.
There could be a slight wrinkle in the Raiders' plans, though. The ESPN report stated that Lynchcould team with Richard Sherman in a possible trade if the cornerback is in fact moved.
The price tag for Sherman is expected to be steep, so the Raiders may not want to add both players.
However, it appears the Seahawks are interested in moving Lynch to Oakland separate of any proposed trade sending Sherman to a different team. If so, "Beast Mode" could be rumbling through a town near you very soon.