The next stage in Marshawn Lynch's return to the NFL is underway.
Lynch signed a three-year, $31 million contract in 2015, which would pay approximately $9 million in 2017 if he came out of retirement. The Raiders would want to lower that price tag on the soon-to-be 31-year-old running back.
Before any trade can happen, Lynch must agree to a new contract.
Rapoport added that per NFL rules, Lynch does not need to sign un-retirement paperwork with the league to be traded to the Raiders. So nothing happening now is contingent on his signature. Lynch does, however, need to sign in order to play.
As of Thursday, we are one step closer to Beast Mode's return. A few long strides remain in the process.
UPDATE: Lynch posted this cryptic tweet late Thursday night:
I'm Thankfull!!!! Yes Lawd!!!!â Shawn Lynch (@MoneyLynch) April 14, 2017