Raiders still waiting on Lynch
Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie would like some resolution before the draft next week on whether running back Marshawn Lynch wants to come out of retirement and be traded to the Raiders.
Lynch retired after the 2015 season and still has a contract with the Seattle Seahawks. Lynch met with the Raiders earlier this month to talk about a possible return but nothing has been finalized.
“At some point you’d like to know and prior to the draft is that point,” McKenzie said Friday. “You would like to know that. But our door is open and we’re not shutting the door until that time pretty much. Who knows after that? We’re not going to ever say never. But the door is still open.”
The Seahawks still hold Lynch’s rights but would be unlikely to want to pay his $9 million salary for this year if he decides to come back. They gave the Raiders permission to talk directly to Lynch and he met with coaches and front-office officials a few weeks ago about his interest in joining his hometown team.
“Every indication I got is he was excited to play for the Oakland Raiders,” coach Jack Del Rio said.
Before that can happen, the Raiders must negotiate a contract with Lynch, agree to a deal with the Seahawks and Lynch must apply to be reinstated. Seahawks general manager John Schneider has said he doesn’t expect any difficulty coming to terms on a trade with the Raiders if Lynch decides to return.
Buffalo claimed safety Trae Elston off waivers. Buffalo was awarded Elston a day after he was cut by the Cleveland Browns.
Running back Chris Thompson re-signed with Washington.