ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Remember how Marshawn Lynch announced his retirement from the NFL?
He took to Twitter in the middle of Super Bowl 50 to post a photo with his cleats dangling from a power line.
— Shawn Lynch (@MoneyLynch) February 8, 2016
So as the weekend of Beast Mode Watch '17 came to a close on Sunday, the Oakland Raiders' recruitment of Lynch to come out of retirement continued ... in a manner of speaking.
Raiders punter Marquette King staged a photo of himself retrieving some similarly-colored cleats from a power line and Tweeted it out the shot. King's explanation in the post spoke volumes.
— Marquette King (@MarquetteKing) March 19, 2017
Raiders linebacker Bruce Irvin, who played with Lynch in Seattle, Tweeted out his thoughts.
Gotta give it to Marquette that was funny
— Bruce Irvin (@BIrvin_WVU11) March 19, 2017
Of course, King on Friday invited Lynch to join the Raiders, joking (we think) that the running back would get the rookie treatment in Oakland and carry the punter's pads after practice.
Now, technically, Lynch's rights are retained by the Seattle Seahawks, who would take a salary cap hit of $9 million with him on their roster. And if Lynch does decide to come out of retirement, the Seahawks would have to eat that, try to trade him -- it's unlikely the Raiders would take on that contract, which also would pay him $7 million in base salary in 2018 with a $3 million roster bonus -- or simply cut him,
Lynch himself has been quiet since rumors became reports on Friday that there was interest from both sides, especially with the Raiders needing a lead running back after Latavius Murray was allowed to leave for the Minnesota Vikings.
Although, many are wondering if Lynch showed his hand a bit with a retweet on Saturday night. A follower of his noted that in 2015 Lynch listed a song about the Oakland Raiders on his playlist and he had yet to change it.
— ERIC THUT (@ericthut22) March 19, 2017
So does Lynch, who has told people close to him throughout his career that he would love to play for his hometown team, see retweets as endorsements?