Oakland Raiders punter Marquette King has decided to join the Oakland Raiders’ efforts to lure former Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch out of retirement.
When Lynch retired from the NFL in 2016, he announced it by tweeting out a picture of cleats hanging on a power line.
— Shawn Lynch (@MoneyLynch) February 8, 2016
King remembered and decided to tweet at Lynch a picture of him taking cleats down from a power line.
— Marquette King (@MarquetteKing) March 19, 2017
ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Josina Anderson reporte Friday that the Raiders are trying to get Lynch to come out of retirement and play for them. The biggest hangup in this dream scenario of Lynch playing at home is the fact the Seahawks still own his playing rights.
Bleacher Report’s Jordan Schultz reported that Lynch asked the Seahawks to release him from his contract.
Source: Marshawn Lynch met w/Pete Carroll+Schneider yesterday and asked to be released. Privately (w/friends) has been wearing #Raiders gear
— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) March 17, 2017
According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, the Seahawks have no intention of releasing Lynch. They would rather trade him.
Clearly the NFL is a business and Seahawks owner Paul Allen didn’t become one of the wealthiest men in the world by giving anything away. However, releasing Lynch would be a good look for the Seahawks. They portray the image of having a closer bond than most teams, and this would be a great opportunity to prove it.
Lynch was an outstanding player for the Seahawks and took a lot of punishment in the process. Allowing him to finish his career in his hometown would be excellent show of gratitude, and it would endear them to other players in the future.
That’s likely worth a lot more than whatever they would get back from the Raiders in a trade.