If those weekend nights were filled with visions of Marshawn Lynch in a Raiders uniform dancing in your head, the latest update on his situation may be cause for some dreamy goodness.
Now, technically, Lynch's rights are retained by the Seattle Seahawks, who would take a salary cap hit of $9 million with him on their roster.
The idea that Lynch was entertaining a comeback only with the Raiders in mind has seemed apparent since the first reports came out that the Raiders were considering acquiring him.
It continued a trend of circumstantial evidence suggesting that California is where Lynch wants to play. The biggest piece of NFL news from Monday (March 20) is that Beast Mode is ready to return to the league.
The other issue, as King brings up, is Lynch's contract figure.
All in all, Lynch averaged 3.8 yardsper carry in 2015, his lowest total since the 2010 season by a pretty fair amount. They would essentially have no choice but to release him.
".[T] here's no way the club would stand in his way and risk the rancor of the locker room, seeing that Lynch has so many close friends still in there", King writes. That's even taking into account the signing of tight end Jared Cook, who gives Raiders quarterback Derek Carr another weapon to work with.
NFL Network'sIan Rapoport is reporting a source close to Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch said the possibility of the rusher coming out of retirement is "realer than its ever been".