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Would Beast Mode come out of retirement, play with Raiders?

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch holds a candy cane in his mouth as he warms up before NFL football practice, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, in Renton, Wash. Lynch has been recovering since having abdominal surgery last November. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

The Raiders are strongly considering making an attempt at acquiring former Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, according to Friday reports.

Lynch, who turns 31 next month, retired from the NFL following the 2015 season. Rumors of a possible change of heart dogged him for much of last offseason, but Lynch quashed them himself in an interview on "60 Minutes Sports."

However, the Raiders are said to covet the services of the Oakland native, who rushed for 9,112 yards and 74 touchdowns over a 10-year career with Buffalo and Seattle. Lynch has considered plans to come out of retirement, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter and Josina Anderson.

The Seahawks still hold Lynch's rights, meaning he would revert to Seattle's roster if he filed the paperwork to come off the team's reserve/retired list. The Raiders would need to trade for the five-time Pro Bowler unless Seattle released him so he could play for his hometown team, but a league source told Schefter and Anderson, "It could really happen."

Lynch was due $9 million in 2016 and $10 million in 2017 prior to his retirement, which he announced with a tweet during Super Bowl 50.

Lynch was the No. 12 overall pick by the Bills in 2007 NFL Draft before being traded to Seattle in October 2010 in exchange for two mid-round draft picks. Running with a trademark physical style, Lynch was one of the most productive running backs in Seahawks franchise history, with 6,347 rushing yards and 57 touchdowns on 1,457 rushing attempts. He was also responsible for some of the most iconic moments in team history, including the 67-yard "Beast Quake" touchdown run versus the New Orleans Saints in January 2011.

The Raiders have been linked to veteran free-agent running back Adrian Peterson after the Minnesota Vikings failed to pick up his 2017 option, making him an unrestricted free agent.

The Seahawks still hold Lynch's rights, meaning he would revert to Seattle's roster if he filed the paperwork to come off the team's reserve/retired list. The Raiders would need to trade for the five-time Pro Bowler unless Seattle released him so he could play for his hometown team, but a league source told Schefter and Anderson, "It could really happen."

Lynch was due $9 million in 2016 and $10 million in 2017 prior to his retirement, which he announced with a tweet during Super Bowl 50.

Lynch was the No. 12 overall pick by the Bills in 2007 NFL Draft before being traded to Seattle in October 2010 in exchange for two mid-round draft picks. Running with a trademark physical style, Lynch was one of the most productive running backs in Seahawks franchise history, with 6,347 rushing yards and 57 touchdowns on 1,457 rushing attempts. He was also responsible for some of the most iconic moments in team history, including the 67-yard "Beast Quake" touchdown run versus the New Orleans Saints in January 2011.

The Raiders have been linked to veteran free-agent running back Adrian Peterson after the Minnesota Vikings failed to pick up his 2017 option, making him an unrestricted free agent.Because Lynch is retired, his playing rights are owned by the Seahawks.

The NFL's Ian Rapoport says there is no indication the Raiders have contacted the Seahawks yet about Lynch.

Neither Lynch nor the Seahawks have responded to the report, as of Friday morning.


KOMO News contributed to this report.

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