It sounds like RB Marshawn Lynch has exceeded the Raiders' expectations so far. “He has pleasantly surprised me at every turn," OC Todd Downing said. "... Everything that we’ve seen on him thus far — and, of course, we’ve only been in pajamas out there practicing — but what we’ve seen has been fantastic. And I’m as excited as the rest of Raider Nation to see what he’s got.” Oakland couldn't have known exactly what it was getting when it signed the 31-year-old Lynch, who was out of the league altogether last season. And, of course, the true test will come when the pads go on in August. There's a massive range of fantasy outcomes here, making Lynch a risk/reward gamble at his current early-4th-round ADP.
Multiple outlets report that Oakland and Seattle have worked out a trade that will finally, officially send RB Marshawn Lynch to the Raiders. It will reportedly involve an exchange of late-round picks in 2018 -- basically a formality. We'll see what kind of shape Lynch is in once he takes the field and whether Oakland adds more to its backfield in the NFL Draft this week.
NFL Network's Michael Silver reports that the Raiders and RB Marshawn Lynch have agreed to contract terms. Oakland will still need to work out a trade with the Seahawks to officially acquire Lynch, but we'd guess that step should be easier than the contract. Seattle has Thomas Rawls, C.J. Prosise and Eddie Lacy in the backfield after playing 2016 without Lynch. Assuming the whole situation does get worked out, we'd bet on Lynch leading the Oakland backfield in carries this season -- barring injury, of course. DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard will be bigger threats in the passing game, however, which should keep the work spread around. The Raiders finished 2016 ranked 6th in yardage and 7th in scoring, despite losing Derek Carr for the final game and Latavius Murray for 2 others. It's a good situation for RB value, especially behind 1 of the league's best offensive lines. But don't expect any Oakland back to sit higher than RB3 range when our official 2017 rankings arrive.
Update: Lynch and the Raiders haven't officially reached an agreement on a new deal, per NFL Network. They're still expected to come to terms, though. Stay tuned.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that the Seahawks are expected to trade RB Marshawn Lynch to the Raiders. The deal is contingent on Lynch and the Raiders working out a new contract first. Lynch-to-Oakland has seemed likely for a while now. Frankly, though, we're surprised Seattle is going to squeeze a draft pick out of the Raiders. Regardless, Beast Mode will arrive in Oakland as the favorite for lead-back duties on an ascending offense with an elite offensive line. We're curious to see what kind of shape the soon-to-be 31-year-old is in after a year away from the game.
RB Marshawn Lynch visited the Raiders on Wednesday and informed them that he plans to un-retire, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. As soon as that becomes official, the Seahawks will either trade or release Beast Mode (likely the latter considering it's clear that he'll only play for Oakland). It suddenly looks extremely likely that Lynch will be back in the league this season -- and as a lead back. The Raiders currently have just the inexperienced and undersized duo of DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard at RB. It's unclear exactly how much the soon-to-be 31-year-old Lynch has left in the tank, but he'll be running behind 1 of the league's best offensive lines.
The Raiders are trying to coax RB Marshawn Lynch out of retirement, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Lynch is reportedly considering it. His rights still belong to the Seahawks, so he'd either need to be released or traded. "It could really happen," a source told Schefter. Lynch turns 31 in April and averaged just 3.8 yards per carry in 2015, so the Raiders wouldn't be getting prime Beast Mode. But he could certainly provide some power to a backfield that currently features 204-pound DeAndre Washington and 207-pound Jalen Richard. We'll continue to keep an eye on the situation.
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