Raiders 'strongly considering' pursuing retired Seahawk Marshawn Lynch

The Oakland Raiders are considering making a strong push to acquire the retired Marshawn Lynch from the Seattle Seahawks.

ESPN reported Friday that Lynch, who didn't play past year but remains under contract with the Seahawks, is on the Raiders' wish list as they look to replace Latavius Murray with a veteran running back. It raises the distinct possibly of a Marshawn Lynch to Oakland Raiders trade working.

"It could really happen", one source told ESPN on Friday. While there have been quite a few Lynch rumors over the past two National Football League seasons, this one is getting pressed hard by Bleacher Report. Nothing ever came of that, but the Raiders could make sense if Lynch is tempted. Their best option would be to have the Seahawks grant Lynch his release to have him negotiate a new contract with Oakland.

Despite Lynch's announced retirement, there were several rumors last season that Lynch might want to return to playing, notably one from Pro Football Talk last September. An injury-filled 2015 limited his playing time and ultimately led to his retirement.

Talking last June about the possibility of returning to play, Lynch said, "I'm good". During Lynch's tenure with the Seattle Seahawks, which began in 2010, only Peterson had more rushing yards after contact.

Lynch, 30, who grew up in Oakland and was a four-sport start at Oakland Technical High School, played nine years in the NFL.

  • Annette Adams