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Former Seattle Seahawk running back Marshawn Lynch seemed like a shoe-in to join the Oakland Raiders a week ago.
Now, it seems much more complicated.
Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie seemed to give a soft deadline of the 2017 NFL Draft to get the deal done. If Lynch doesn’t sign by this Thursday, the talk of Lynch joining Oakland might be done, per Las Vegas Review Journal’s Michael Gehlken.
Raiders set soft deadline, want Marshawn Lynch on roster before draft. Door "pretty much" shut after that. https://t.co/dYxLFEj4Su
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) April 21, 2017
There are still five days until the 2017 NFL Draft, but it doesn’t look like any side is going to cave.
Lynch and the Raiders are millions of dollars apart, according to the SF Chronicle’s Vic Tafur.
Marshawn Lynch's Seattle deal would pay him $9 mi in 2017. Raiders want to pay him 1/3 that while Lynch is balking at taking less than half.
— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) April 21, 2017
One thing is for certain, McKenzie will not pay Lynch any more than he believes Lynch is worth.
The going rate for running backs, on the market, was set by former Raiders RB Latavius Murray, who got just over three million per season.
A 31-year-old running back, who hasn’t played in over a year, should not be expecting to get any more than Murray got with the Vikings.
Oakland could look to go after Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon if an agreement can’t be reached (Not a bad a second option).
As for now, we will have to wait and see how this situation plays out. The expectation still is that Lynch will become a Raider, but the water is definitely murky. Neither side, McKenzie or Lynch, is known for giving in to others’ demands.
We will update Raider Nation as soon as more comes out about Lynch and the Raiders.