On Wednesday, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll indicated that Lynch is contemplating a return to the NFL.
"He came through the office and had a good visit," Carroll said Wednesday, noting their meeting was about 10 days earlier. "I know that he is somewhat entertaining the thought of it. I can't tell you how strong it is. You've got to talk to him. And that chance isn't happening."
Two weeks ago, a source told ESPN that Oakland was "strongly considering the acquisition" of Lynch, who would need to be released or traded by the Seahawks. If Lynch files for and is granted reinstatement, he'll have two years and about $16 million to $19 million left on his contract, depending on bonuses.
Carroll, however, is unsure if the soon-to-be 31-year-old can still be effective at his age and two years removed from the sport.
"I don't know. It depends on how he's approached this offseason," Carroll said. "He looked OK. The mentality that it takes to play this game the way he plays this game, he has to really be invested and ready because he goes deep when he plays. Whether or not that's still in him, the burn is still there, I couldn't tell that from talking to him. I know that he was playing with the idea."
Still, the head coach didn't reveal how the franchise would react if Lynch were to file for reinstatement—whether that means holding on to him, releasing him, or trading him.
"I don't know," Carroll said. "We'll talk about that if the time comes."