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14 Apr 2017

Raiders Agree to Terms with Marshawn Lynch (UPDATE: Maybe Not)

One early NFL retirement has come to an end after one season. Running back Marshawn Lynch is headed to his hometown Oakland to play for the Raiders after agreeing to terms on Friday. The Seahawks still hold Lynch's rights after he retired following the 2015 season, so a trade will have to be completed for him to officially join the Raiders.

Oakland lost leading rusher Latavius Murray this offseason, and while DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard showed good flashes as rookies, neither is a 15-to-20 carry per game back. Lynch will be 31 years old this season, but should have one of his best offensive lines in years to help him out. Lynch has 9,112 rushing yards in his career and can become the 30th back in NFL history to reach the 10,000-yard mark.

UPDATE: NFL insiders may have jumped the gun on this one.

Posted by: Scott Kacsmar on 14 Apr 2017

9 comments, Last at 18 Apr 2017, 3:41am by Bright Blue Shorts


by billprudden :: Fri, 04/14/2017 - 4:54pm

The difference between Sea's OL and what Oak can field (if everybody stays healthy) ought to put two years back on his utility, don'tcha think?

by Raiderfan :: Fri, 04/14/2017 - 5:31pm

Will become...
He definitely has a Raider personality

by Theo :: Fri, 04/14/2017 - 6:55pm

"Lynch has 9,112 rushing yards in his career and can become the 30th back in NFL history to reach the 10,000-yard mark."

...if Matt Forte (9,415y) doesn't beat him to it.

by Pen :: Sat, 04/15/2017 - 12:15am

Hello? The Raiders Adj. Line Yardage the past year doesn't really compare to the Seahawks rating from 2011-2015. It's not bad, but it's not what the Seahawks were putting up.

Don't confuse inability to pass block with inability to run block. During Lynch's time in Seattle, he had an excellent run blocking oline in front of him. Better than what Oakland is fielding now.

by MilkmanDanimal :: Mon, 04/17/2017 - 12:19pm

Very curious to know how Lynch will bounce back from all the time off; he's never exactly struck me as a Jerry Rice-type guy who would be obsessively working out and staying insanely fit. Really strange situation to drag a 31-year-old out of retirement.

by Steve in WI :: Mon, 04/17/2017 - 1:11pm

Not only that, but based on everything I've read about him and the way he retired, he'd have been one of the last guys I'd expect to come out of retirement. It can't be a financial thing and he really seemed like someone who was at peace with his decision to walk away when he did.

by Bright Blue Shorts :: Mon, 04/17/2017 - 1:39pm

Different era but John Riggins retired for a year circa 1980 at age 30 due to contract dispute. He returned the following year when Joe Gibbs became coach. Think Riggins spent that year working on his farm and hunting though.

I wonder how difficult it is to get elite fit for football? I mean players get injured and have knee surgery and the like which is enough to stop them training full speed for a few months but someone like AP has got back. Football is mostly anaerobic and strength-based and I'm inclined to believe Lynch's body will be better off for a year of relative rest and recovery.

by MilkmanDanimal :: Mon, 04/17/2017 - 3:15pm

Yeah, very different era with Riggins. As for injured players, sure, they stop training full-bore for a while as they're recovering, but they're also under the very-watchful eyes of trainers, doctors, and team officials while they do that. I always kind of figured Marshawn Lynch spent his days post-retirement eating from a giant bucket of Skittles while playing Xbox.

by Bright Blue Shorts :: Tue, 04/18/2017 - 3:41am

Well he made an appearance in the Week in Quotes riding a bike in Scotland and almost getting hit by a bus ... so I guess he wasn't just Xboxing