ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Cryptic much, Beast Mode?
With rumors, reports and innuendo floating about in regard to Marshawn Lynch coming out of retirement to play for his hometown Oakland Raiders, the running back took to social media Thursday night with a tweet as enigmatic as his fun-loving personality.
I'm Thankfull!!!! Yes Lawd!!!!
— Shawn Lynch (@MoneyLynch) April 14, 2017
Thankful for what, exactly?
A release from the Seattle Seahawks, so he can sign a fresh, affordable contract with the Raiders? A restructured deal with Seattle that makes it easier for the Raiders to pick up his contract? A straight trade to Oakland?
Lynch wasn’t saying, though Raiders players were weighing in on the possibilities, among them former Seahawks teammate Bruce Irvin:
Moooddddd. Yes lawd pic.twitter.com/XvaTX3BPe0
— Bruce Irvin (@BIrvin_WVU11) April 13, 2017
And this from Jalen Richard, who could wind up with a new backfield mate in Lynch:
— Jalen Richard (@RocketRich30) April 14, 2017
The Raiders and Lynch were negotiating on Thursday but nothing had been officially announced as of 10 p.m. PT.
Lynch is due a salary-cap number of $9 million in 2017 and a base salary of $7 million in 2018, while Oakland has $27.6 million in cap space for this upcoming season and plans to extend quarterback Derek Carr, All-Pro edge rusher and reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year Khalil Mack, and right guard Gabe Jackson.
The Raiders begin their offseason training program on Monday.