April 23, 2017

Raiders want resolution on Marshawn Lynch before draft

22 April 2017, 01:30 | Pamela Mathis

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Lynch was due to make $9 million in the next season of his last Seattle contract - which would be 2017 if he returned.

"Maybe the Raiders are bluffing, but my understanding is that as much as they liked meeting with Marshawn Lynch, and were impressed with the shape he's in, it was communicated they're willing to walk away from a potential deal", wrote Albert Breer of The MMQB.

And while the Raiders have already reportedly worked out a contract situation with Lynch, they would still have to work out a trade with Seattle to land the veteran running back.

The Raiders want more of an incentive-laden deal given that Lynch turns 31 on Saturday, hasn't played in a year and played just seven games due to injury in his last season with the Seahawks in 2015. "I'm not ever going to say 'never.' But the door is still open". "There are a couple of things that have to be done".

The Raiders now have an estimated $32.1 million in salary cap space and only two running backs on the roster in 5-foot-8 Mighty Mites DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard.

This NFL draft class has several quality running backs who could be selected into the later rounds, but that need is largely negated if Lynch enters the fold with fellow rushers Jalen Richard or DeAndre Washington. "We're just going to take the leap, '" Rapoport said on Tuesday's Good Morning Football, per Kevin Patra of We feel good about the young backs we have, we will.

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It's not that the compensation involved in acquiring him from the Seahawks figures to be too significant, it's that the Raiders can't pass on a chance to add another back next week if he's not coming out of retirement.

The Oakland Raiders acknowledged Friday that the team would like to solve Marshawn Lynch's future by the NFL Draft on Thursday.

For his career, Lynch has rushed for 9,112 yards and 74 touchdowns.

Lynch, an Oakland native who played at Cal, visited the Raiders on April 5. He still has strong ties to the area through his Beast Mode company and would be a welcome addition for a fan base still stung by the team's upcoming move to Las Vegas for the 2020 season. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

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