On the surface Wednesday, comments from Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie and coach Jon Gruden clarified a key matter, indicating that wide receiver Michael Crabtree and running back Marshawn Lynch both will be retained in 2018.

Crabtree is “in our plans,” McKenzie said.

Gruden said he is “counting on (Lynch) being a big part of our football team.”

Beneath the surface, on a level rooted less in diplomacy and more in fact, four words are essential when characterizing the two players’ futures with the organization.

At the right price.

This year, Crabtree is due a $7 million salary with up to $1.05 million in potential bonuses. Lynch is scheduled to earn a $4 million salary with up to $4 million in various bonuses. The Raiders are uncomfortable with those figures, sources said Thursday. The two situations privately are considered very much in flux and could result in both, either or neither player being with the club in 2018.