The Raiders were actively negotiating Thursday with running back Marshawn Lynch, who has decided he intends to seek reinstatement to the NFL if he can play in Oakland, league sources told Ed Werder of ESPN.
Lynch, who retired after the 2015 season, was born and raised in Oakland. The Raiders will play there for at least the next two seasons before moving to Las Vegas.
The Seattle Seahawks still hold Lynch’s contractual rights, but they allowed him to visit the Raiders last week. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported last week that a deal between the Raiders and Lynch “eventually will happen.”
The Raiders can trade with the Seahawks for Lynch’s rights before he’s formally reinstated, a source told Werder. However, Lynch would be required to be fully reinstated as soon as a new contract is executed.
A source told Werder that Lynch and the Raiders are working on a short-term, heavily incentivized contract.