While there’s been no official activity from retired Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, his interest in returning to the NFL is “very real,” according to Peter King for TheMMQB.com.
Much has been made about rumors that Lynch requested his release from the Seahawks, but until he files for reinstatement with the league, there can’t be a transaction involving a formally retired player. In fact, since the story surfaced last week, Gregg Bell for The New Tribune described news of any request as “false.”
King disagrees, as does his “West Coast source,” who says Lynch’s desire to join the Raiders is about more than simply playing football.
“He [Lynch] really wants to play for the Raiders,” the source said. “He also wants to do good things for his foundation in the area. This is a great chance to accomplish both things.”
At this point, there’s a lot more noise suggesting that Lynch wants to come back and intends to play for the Raiders than the alternative. If that is the case, it should be only a matter of time until a report surfaces that the five-time Pro Bowl selection has filed the necessary paperwork to get the ball rolling.
Until that happens, what Lynch wants and what the Seahawks and Raiders are prepared to do about it are moot points. Where there’s smoke, there’s usually fire, although the lack of urgency to apply for reinstatement leaves just enough doubt about how serious Lynch is.