Former Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch met with the Raiders at Oakland's practice facility Wednesday, according to multiple reports.
However, ESPN reported in March the Raiders were considering acquiring Lynch's rights from the Seahawks. But Rapoport reports the Seahawks cleared Lynch to visit the Raiders for what was described as a "fact-finding" mission.
Lynch, 30, last played for the Seahawks in 2015 and announced his retirement on the day of Super Bowl 50. The team's current running back room is very unproven with the likes of Jalen Richard, DeAndre Washington and Taiwan Jones, so the addition of a healthy Lynch would be huge for their offense. Plus, they would want to do their due diligence on him to see if Lynch would fit into their system as well as their locker room, hence Wednesday's visit.
The Raiders said goodbye to three-year starter, Latavius Murray, who signed with the Minnesota Vikings in free agency.
Things move quickly in the National Football League and if this visit is any indication, Lynch and the Raiders are doing their homework before pulling the trigger.
Right now, the discussion of Lynch to the Raiders is extremely serious, but again, some obstacles need to be overcome first.
If Lynch tried to force the Seahawks into releasing him he might be able to do so simply by un-retiring and reporting for work. But he's also an Oakland icon and was one of the best running backs in the game at his peak.
For one NFL season, the world was without "Beast Mode" as Marshawn Lynch officially retired from the Seattle Seahawks and the league past year.
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