Could Marshawn Lynch be back with the silver and black?
After rampant speculation that Lynch would retire, now the NFL Network’s Steve Wyche reports that the running back — who never actually made the move official — could return if the Raiders want him.
Lynch’s contract expired after last season, and since Oakland never re-signed him — and made a number of moves ostensibly designed to replace him — the assumption was the 33-year-old was going to hang up his cleats. But might he dust them off for one last season?
The Raiders signed Doug Martin and ex-Jet Isaiah Crowell as veteran free agents, and picked Alabama speedster Josh Jacobs in the first round of last week’s NFL draft.
Crowell had 143 carries for 685 yards and six touchdowns last season for Gang Green. But he suffered a season-ending Achilles injury this week, according to the NFL Network.
That has left the Raiders with a need. And Lynch would be willing to fill it, according to Wyche, who reported the Oakland native would be willing to come back to play only for his hometown team.
There is precedent. Lynch won a Super Bowl with the Seahawks, and Seattle could have won another if he’d been given the ball on the goal line. After retiring following the 2015 season, he got lured back into the NFL in 2017, citing the chance to play for his hometown Raiders as a big reason.
Lynch ran for 1,267 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2017 before suffering a season-ending groin injury after six games last season. But he was playing well at the time, having carried 90 times for 376 yards and three scores. He may have something in the tank — if the Raiders choose to use it.