Beast Mode May Return to the Gridiron

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch talks to teammates on the sideline in the second half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Former Seattle Seahawks great Marshawn Lynch has reportedly voiced his intention to come out of retirement, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapaport reported on Wednesday, April 5.

According to Rapaport, Lynch divulged his plans to get back to the grind during a conversation with Oakland Raiders brass, while he was in the middle of a recent visit with Raiders coach Jack Del Rio. A comeback for the 5-time Pro Bowl running back would equate to the first time he’s put pads on in the NFL since walking away from the game in 2015, although there has been video of the star working out overseas over the past year.

Because Lynch is still technically under contract with Seattle, he would have to be granted a release of offered up via trade by the Seahawks should he wish to make his return in his birthplace of Oakland. Wearing a Raiders jersey would be ideal for both the 30-year-old RB and the team. Oakland has a gap to fill at back since letting go of Latavius Murray, and having the threat of Beast Mode breaking tackles, could put enough pressure up front to further enhance Derek Carr’s already dynamic air assault.