Odds Say Marshawn Lynch Stays Retired

Former Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is reportedly mulling a return, but not to Seattle.


"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."

That's what former Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch told "60 Minutes Sports" last June.

Nine months later, rumors that Lynch will return -- to the Oakland Raiders -- are swirling.

Lynch last logged a carry in November 2015 when he rushed eight times for 42 yards and a score in a 39-32 loss to the Cardinals.


According to Jordan Schultz of the Huffington Post, Lynch is considering coming out of retirement.

"Marshawn Lynch met w/Pete Carroll + [Seahawks GM] Schneider yesterday and asked to be released," Schultz Tweeted on Friday. "Privately (w/friends) has been wearing #Raiders gear."

NFL Insider Ian Rapoport Tweeted on Monday, "2 tidbits on Marshawn Lynch: 1. Source on un-retiring says it?s 'realer than it's ever been' ? 2. It's #Raiders or bust."

According to BookMaker.eu, Lynch is an underdog to come out of retirement despite the chatter.

He's +350 to play a snap during the 2017-18 regular season, meaning you'd win $350 from a $100 bet.

He's a strong -450 favorite to stay retired, meaning you'd have to bet $450 just to win $100.

Lynch grew up in Oakland and played for Oakland Technical. He starred in college at Cal.

If Lynch comes out of retirement, he'd be under the Seahawks' control since the team owns his rights. Then, it'd be up to Seattle brass whether to trade or release him.

According to NFL.com, Seattle would be open to trading Lynch "for the right price." Mike Garafolo of NFL.com tweeted, "One source described Lynch as being in a bit of a holding pattern. Trying to decide if he wants to come back. Has the itch + in shape."

Oakland's leading rusher from last season, Latavius Murray, signed a three-year, $15 million contract with the Minnesota Vikings. He scored a dozen times, one-quarter of all Raiders' TDs last season, leaving a gaping hole in the offense.

From BookMaker.eu: Will Marshawn Lynch play a snap in the 2017-18 NFL regular season?

  • Yes +315
  • No -450