Beast Mode wants to come back.
Running back Marshawn Lynch has informed the Raiders that he intends to come out of retirement, according to NFL Network.
The Seahawks still retain Lynch’s rights so in order for him to come out of retirement and play for his hometown team, Seattle would have to either release or trade Lynch following his reinstatement.
Seahawks GM John Schneider said on ESPN Radio that he has spoken to Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie about Lynch possibly coming out of retirement.
"We’ve had dialogue about it," Schneider said. "Marshawn is trying to figure things out. The Raiders are trying to figure things out. My understanding is that if he would want to come back and play that it would be for the Raiders, and that would be it."
Schneider and McKenzie worked together for the Packers and because of that, Schneider said he expected the talks to be “smooth.” Because Lynch would reportedly add a $9 million cap charge to the Seahawks books if reinstated, it would likely motivate Seattle to move quickly since they only barely have more than $9 million in cap space now, per NFLPA records.
Lynch reportedly visited the Raiders Wednesday.
Lynch, 30, retired after the 2015 season.
In nine seasons in the NFL, Lynch averaged 4.3 yards per carry and scored 79 rushing touchdowns. He ran for over 1,000 yards in six different seasons.