Former Oakland Raiders Coach John Madden Hates the Move to Las Vegas

Hall of Fame coach and Raiders lifer John Madden says it pains him to think of Oakland without an National Football League team, especially when traces of the Raiders franchise will be hard to spot after it sets sail for Las Vegas. On Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that the Seahawks are expected to trade Lynch to the Raiders ahead of the 2017 season, assuming they can work out a contract beforehand.

Once a deal is completed, all that remains for Lynch to return to the National Football League is a trade from the Seahawks _ who still own his rights _ to the Raiders.

Marshawn Lynch's return to the gridiron is now in the hands of the Seattle Seahawks, who still hold his contract.

While a pact hasn't been reached, an expectation remains that he will come out of retirement to play for his hometown team. That would put Lynch's $9 million charge for this year, from his existing contract he signed two years ago, onto the Seahawks' cap.

The Raiders now need a power back to complement the duo they have of DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard, having seen Latavis Murray leave for the Minnesota Vikings earlier this year.

Lynch met with the Raiders last week, a meeting that the Seahawks approved, and it was thought that initial talks about a restructured contract began then.

It's a union that's been talked about for weeks, with Lynch saying all along that the Raiders were his first and only choice. Several subsequent reports refuted that, including one from Lynch's close friend and former Seahawks teammate Michael Robinson.

As noted last week, Seattle general manager John Schneider and Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie have been friends for years, having worked together in Green Bay for nearly a decade.

The Raiders will play in Oakland for at least next season before moving to Las Vegas. In the 2015 season, Lynch averaged 3.8 yards per carry in the seven games he played; he also scored just three touchdowns after leading the league in rushing TD the previous two seasons.

The Seattle Seahawks seeming to be in wheeling and dealing mode.

It started with a claim that retired (for now) running back Marshawn Lynch has "signed" with the Raiders.

Last week Lynch was inside the Raiders' team facility in Alameda, California.

For his career, Lynch has rushed for 9,112 yards and 74 touchdowns. That would depend on how the about-to-be-31-year old performs for the Raiders this fall.

He only wanted to play for the Raiders, and eventually got his wish.