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With former Oakland Raiders running back Latavius Murray heading to Minnesota, the Raiders need to find their new starting running back through free agency or the draft.
Names like Joe Mixon and Adrian Peterson have been linked to the Raiders, but it seems like Oakland was never interested in Peterson and there is no guarantee the Raiders will have a chance to draft Mixon. In addition, Raiders owner Mark Davis might want to shy away from Mixon based on his recent legal history.
Oakland seems like they have plans of their own to bring in running back Marshawn Lynch.
According to 95.7 the Game’s Greg Papa the Raiders are talking to someone who didn’t play in the NFL last season. There are not many running backs who fit that mold, so everyone’s mind went straight to Marshawn Lynch.
Greg Papa just said on his radio show that the Raiders are talking to a certain RB. “He did not even play in the NFL last year."
— Deuce Mason (@DeuceMason) March 16, 2017
With the recent rumors floating around, many Raider players have taken to twitter to express their interest in having the former Seahawk join the team.
— Marquette King (@MarquetteKing) March 17, 2017
— Bruce Irvin (@BIrvin_WVU11) March 17, 2017
With all this talk, it definitely seems the Raiders are talking to Lynch. However, that doesn’t mean the deal will happen, for he is still under contract with the Seahawks. Therefore, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll would have to either trade Lynch or cut him to make him available for Oakland.
Source: Marshawn Lynch met w/Pete Carroll+Schneider yesterday and asked to be released. Privately (w/friends) has been wearing #Raiders gear
— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) March 17, 2017
Nevertheless, this move makes sense for a variety of reasons.
1. The Raiders have the need
The Raiders need a running back and Lynch fits the mold of the type of running back they need. Oakland needs a first and second down back that can win in short yardage situations and down in the red zone. There is no doubt Lynch is a dominant short yardage back.
2. Lynch is the perfect compliment
Running backs Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington are the perfect compliment to Lynch. Lynch provides the power in the run game and Richard and Washington provide the speed and help in the passing game via dump offs and screen passes.
3. Lynch is from Oakland
In addition, Lynch is from Oakland and has always dreamed of being able to play there. He has the motivation to play for the Raiders and Oakland has the need at running back for it to make sense.
The rumor is legit, but will the move actually happen? We will have to wait and see, but Raider Nation should be excited about the possibility of Lynch in Oakland.
— Raider Posts (@RaiderPosts) March 17, 2017