Raiders Rumors: Marshawn Lynch And Oakland Millions Apart In Contract Discussions

General manager Reggie McKenzie is seemingly making a deadline of the draft, which kicks off on April 27.

"At some point, you would like to know", McKenzie told Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle.

It's not that the compensation involved in acquiring him from the Seahawks figures to be too significant, it's that the Raiders can't pass on a chance to add another back next week if he's not coming out of retirement. The Raiders are offering one-third of that, but Lynch Is demanding no less than half, according to the report. But who knows after that. "The door is still open". If he doesn't commit to returning, they could look at a running back early in the draft. A trade to the Oakland Raiders, or an outright release which would allow Lynch to freely sign with his hometown team, seems inevitable. McKenzie, though, said that he was "not going to say never" on a Lynch deal, and even after the draft, his "door is still open".

Lynch wants a contract in the $9 million range - the same number he made with the Seahawks - despite not having carried a football on an NFL field in 459 days.

"We're not going to go out of our way to just grab a certain big back", McKenzie said.

So it may turn out that the denouement to Lynch's career remains the same as it was when he was playing hide and seek with Seattle in the playoffs after 2015, a lot of sound and fury signifying nothing-expect of course contributing again to Beast Mode's profile in the contemporary consciousness. Coach Jack Del Rio, who was present for Lynch's visit, said Friday: "I think every indication that I got was that he was excited to play for the Oakland Raiders". The Raiders are looking at Lynch to replace Latavius Murray as their primary rusher.

If Lynch is not a Raider by the time the draft rolls around, the team could opt to fill its need at that position with a highly regarded prospect from the college ranks, but it wants to go into that three-day process with some clarity. If Lynch wants to play for them this season, he'll have to make a decision soon - like, in the next week. That's a significant different for what could be just a one-year deal.

  • Stacy Allen