Is Marshawn Lynch signing with the Raiders?

The Raiders will nearly certainly need to surrender at least one draft pick for Lynch. The building comes with an estimated $1.9 billion price tag and isn't expected to open until the 2020 season, after the Raiders play two more years at the Coliseum followed by one season in a stadium yet to be determined.

Of course, this could be some ploy to pressure the Raiders to pay up, but the Patriots do need to fill the hole at running back. Even Pete Carroll, Lynch's coach during his Seattle days, indicated that the five-time Pro Bowler was considering a return to football.

It could conceivably be as low as a seventh-round choice, and that would make sense given that Oakland actually has Seattle's 2017 seventh-rounder, having acquired it in a trade before the start of last season for linebacker Dewey McDonald.

For now, it looks like Beast Mode will be back, this time in black. A trade from Seattle to Oakland was then expected to happen once Lynch agreed on a contract with Oakland. "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".

If the Seahawks and Raiders work out a trade for Lynch, Lynch doesn't have to file a letter with the National Football League asking to be reinstated.

He topped 1,200 yards in four consecutive seasons for Seattle from 2011-14 before being hindered by injuries in 2015.

Lynch retired during Super Bowl 50 and sat out all a year ago following an injury-plagued campaign with the Seahawks in 2015. The irony of course is that the Raiders will be moving to Las Vegas within two years, so Lynch's return, as exciting as it may be for Raiders' fans, should be short-lived. So clearly had this signing/trade/move been made directly following his 2014 season, Lynch could be the #1 pick in this year's draft.

Seahawks general manager John Schneider told a Seattle radio station that he has discussed a deal to send Lynch to Oakland with Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie in case Lynch does come out of retirement.

Last week Lynch was inside the Raiders' team facility in Alameda, California.

So there will be an announcement of Lynch being a Raider soon.

The highlights start with Cooper's 64-yard touchdown on a short reception in the Raiders' 34-31 victory over the San Diego Chargers on October 9. Set to become a restricted free agent, the Indianapolis Colts and their subpar defense did not think highly enough of the 26-year-old to issue him a tender.

  • Julie Sanders