The Seahawks could renounce those rights by taking Lynch back and trading him to Oakland. But that also is more difficult than it sounds.
If Lynch returns to Seattle, his $9 million salary immediately will count against the salary cap. Seattle currently has about $9.8 million in cap space, so taking Lynch back would more or less make it impossible for it to add more veteran players or sign its top draft picks until a trade is worked out. Oakland also might not want to give up anything of value for Lynch, which would make this a high stakes game of chicken.
Oakland could wait Seattle out and force salary cap problems on the Seahawks until they release Lynch. The Raiders also could just move to Plan B, whether that’s Adrian Peterson, a draft pick or anyone else. If that were to happen, Seattle would be out of luck, because it would either be stuck with Lynch at a ridiculously high price or would have to cut him and lose that right to the $2.5 million.
The Wolverines’ large class comes one year after rival Ohio State sent 12 players and five first-round picks to the NFL Draft. That got us thinking: Who are Michigan’s greatest NFL Draft picks?
Given five of the top seven players on the list are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the others look like sure-fire inductees in the future, this list is loaded.
Keep in mind Pro Football Hall of Famers Benny Friedman and Bill Hewitt aren’t on the list because they played before the NFL Draft started.
We picked the top 17 to go with the 2017 NFL Draft, a standard for Charlton, Peppers, Wormley and others to follow. Here’s a closer look.