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Former Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch tells Oakland Raiders he will un-retire for return

By The Sports Xchange
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) rushes to a first down against the Oakland Raiders during the second quarter at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington on November 2, 2014. Lynch rushed for 67 yards, caught five passes for 76 yards and scored two touchdown as the Seahawks beat the Raiders 30-24. File photo by Jim Bryant/UPI
1 of 2 | Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) rushes to a first down against the Oakland Raiders during the second quarter at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington on November 2, 2014. Lynch rushed for 67 yards, caught five passes for 76 yards and scored two touchdown as the Seahawks beat the Raiders 30-24. File photo by Jim Bryant/UPI | License Photo

Marshawn Lynch visited the Oakland Raiders' facility on Wednesday, with ESPN's Adam Schefter citing an undisclosed source as saying that a deal between the retired running back and his hometown team "eventually will happen."

Lynch's arrival at the Oakland-based facility was first reported by former Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee at his new position as a Barstool Sports contributor. That was confirmed by the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, who noted that the visit was cleared by the Seattle Seahawks, who own Lynch's rights.

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Rapoport also mentioned that Lynch told Raiders officials that he plans to un-retire and play again.

Lynch, who turns 31 on April 22, retired from the NFL and Seahawks after the 2015 season. He has been on the reserve/retired list since May 2016.

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Under terms of his existing contract, Lynch would be in line for a $9 million salary and cap hit in 2017, and he would be due a base salary of $7 million in 2018 and could potentially earn an additional $3 million roster bonus, according to ESPN.

The Raiders lost running back Latavius Murray to the Minnesota Vikings in free agency. Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington are among the candidates to take the lead role in Oakland.

Lynch finished his nine-year NFL career with 9,112 rushing yards and 74 touchdowns in 127 games, and another 1,979 receiving yards and nine TDs.

Lynch has repeatedly said he has no intentions of returning to the NFL, even for his hometown team in Oakland.

"I'm retired. Is that good enough? Which camera do you want me to look into? This one? I'm done. I'm not playing football anymore," Lynch said last June in a "60 Minutes Sports" appearance on Showtime.

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