Marshawn Lynch Officially Begins Reinstatement Process, Hopes to Join Raiders

Marshawn Lynch is one step closer to being back in the NFL. According to a report from ESPN.com’s Ed Werderreinstatement, the former Seattle Seahawks star has officially begun the league’s reinstatement process.

Lynch, who is an Oakland native and alum of the University of Califonia-Berkeley, is rumored to have visited the Raiders several times this offseason. (There was a report earlier this week that he’d be interested in playing for the Patriots, but even that report diminished with the qualifier that he was only interested if talks with Oakland Raiders broke down.) He reportedly informed the Raiders earlier this month that he intends to un-retire, and per Werder, he has set the process in motion to do exactly that.

The Raiders currently need a power back to complement the duo they have of DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard, having seen Latavis Murray leave for the Minnesota Vikings earlier this year. Once he un-retires, Lynch would be the perfect candidate.

However, the Seahawks will have to decide to either release or trade him for any new deal to go through. General manager John Schneider stated last week that he expected things to go in a “smooth manner” due to his relationship with Oakland GM Reggie McKenzie.