It would appear the wheels are now in motion for Marshawn Lynch to join the Raiders. According to Ian Rapoport, the Raiders and Seahawks are talking trade contingent upon Lynch reworking his contract.
Lynch’s current contract pays him $9 million should he come out of retirement. That alone would lead one to wonder why he doesn’t just tell the Seahawks he is coming out of retirement which would essentially force the Seahawks to released him rather than carry his cap figure.
The Raiders received permission from the Seahawks to speak with Lynch. And Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie and Seahawks GM John Schneider said recently they expect any deal to go smoothly. Agreeing to a trade would help ensure it goes as smoothly as possible.
Being that the Seahawks don’t really have a leg to stand on in this, any trade would likely involve something close to a conditional 7th round pick.
No word yet on what kind of contract Mayshawn Lynch is looking for, but whatever it is, Rapoport was sure to emphasize “IF” on the trade based on whether Lynch will agree to the proposed contract rework.
Marshawn Lynch had permission from SEA to talk to #Raiders. His agents have permission to rework his deal. IF it happens, then trade talks— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 13, 2017
The Raiders would very much like to know one way or the other on Lynch before the draft.
Update: The contract negotiated is expected to be a short term deal heavy on incentives according to ESPN’s Ed Werder.
Source says #Raiders working on short-term deal with heavy incentives with Marshawn Lynch in advance of reinstatement, then trade/release— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) April 13, 2017