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.
Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett is "ahead of schedule" in his rehab from December's broken leg and on track to be ready for the start of the 2017 season, according to ESPN's Sheil Kapadia. Lockett is coming off a disappointing sophomore year that saw his numbers dip across the board from his rookie campaign. But he played a chunk of the season with a torn PCL. Still just 24 years old, he's a prime bounce-back candidate in 2017. Kapadia says the starting job opposite WR Doug Baldwin is "wide open." Lockett, Jermaine Kearse and Paul Richardson will compete for it.
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.
The Seahawks signed RB Eddie Lacy to a 1-year deal worth $5.55 million ($3 million guaranteed). Lacy appeared in just 5 games last year, but he proved efficient with 5.1 YPC and strong after-contact marks on 71 attempts. His season ended in November following right ankle surgery. Just like his weight, the ankle will be worth monitoring throughout the offseason. This move certainly takes some appeal from Thomas Rawls, who dealt with injuries of his own in 2016. C.J. Prosise -- yet another RB with durability questions -- should slide into a prominent pass catching role.
Packers RB Eddie Lacy revealed some details about the ankle injury that ended his 2016 season. “I messed up my deltoid and widened the bone on my ankle, so I had to get two screws, two wires and a plate to fix it because I messed up my deltoid ligament,” Lacy said on Adam Schefter’s 'Know Them From Adam' podcast. “That’s the longest thing to heal." Bengals TE Tyler Eifert suffered a deltoid injury last May and was sidelined for 4 months. Lacy is now 4 months removed from his injury but still isn't able to run on solid ground. "By April, whenever I have to report, I should be able to go out and do everything," he added. Lacy figures to settle for a 1-year, "prove-it" deal in free agency. We'll see what kind of shape he's in when he hits the field.
The Seahawks have signed K Blair Walsh. He's likely viewed as a fall-back option if Seattle can't agree to a new deal with impending free-agent K Steven Hauschka. Walsh has struggled mightily over the last 3 seasons, connecting on just 80% of his FGs and 90.6% of his XPs. He was cut by Minnesota this past November.
Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham -- coming off a torn patellar tendon in 2015 -- was 1 of the biggest surprises of this past season, finishing 4th among TEs in PPR points. He admitted that returning from that injury, though, was a tall task. "It is everything that people think it is and more as far as the pain and the struggles," Graham told CBS Sports. "Learning how to walk again was a process for me. It was some of the darker days of my life." He even revealed that he "barely practiced" during the season so he could get his knee ready for the games. Naturally, Graham expects to be healthier in 2017. "Going through this offseason, being with Russ out there in California, you know I'm going to fly out there and train with him and really get that chemistry down because I wasn't able to do that with him last year," he said. "It's only going to get better." Despite turning 30 this past November, Graham is capable of boosting his production in 2017.
Seahawks RB C.J Prosise (scapula) is inactive for this afternoon's game against the Falcons. He returned to practice this week and would seem to have a shot to play if Seattle advances to the NFC Championship. Thomas Rawls and Alex Collins will continue to handle backfield duties today -- with perhaps a sprinkle of J.D. McKissic.
The Seahawks list RB C.J. Prosise (scapula) as questionable for Saturday's game against the Falcons. HC Pete Carroll has labeled him a game-time decision. Consider Prosise is a rookie who's missed the past 7 weeks, we'd be surprised if he returned to a major role. If active, he'll be a high-risk, moderate-reward fantasy play in a plus matchup.
Seahawks HC Pete Carroll suggested on Thursday that RB C.J. Prosise (scapula) will be a game-time decision for this weekend's Divisional Round contest vs. the Falcons. The rookie was listed as a full participant in Thursday's practice. His return would be well-timed: Atlanta allowed the most receptions and 2nd-most receiving yards to RBs during the regular season.
Seahawks RB C.J Prosise (scapula) put in a limited practice on Wednesday -- his 1st since going down back in Week 11. Last we heard, Prosise still hadn't been cleared for contact yet. He remains a question mark for this weekend's game against the Falcons.
Seahawks HC Pete Carroll said Monday that RB C.J. Prosise will return to practice this week. He's been out since fracturing his scapula back on November 20. ESPN's Adam Caplan reports that Prosise hasn't yet been cleared for contact, so he still seems iffy for Saturday's game against the Falcons. We'll monitor his progress throughout the week.
Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls (shoulder) put in a full week of practice and isn’t listed on the final injury report. He’s set to play on Sunday vs. the 49ers’ league-worst RB defense.
Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls (shoulder) "should be fine" for Sunday's game against the 49ers, HC Pete Carroll said. Seattle still has a shot at the NFC's #2 seed, so they'll be going all out. The game could also get out of hand in a hurry, though, so the banged-up Rawls could be pulled early. Still, there's lots of upside here against the league's 32nd-ranked RB defense.
Seahawks HC Pete Carroll admitted Monday that he's not sure if RB Thomas Rawls (shoulder) will be available for the finale vs. the 49ers. "I don't think it's bad," Carroll added. Seattle still has a shot at the NFC's #2 seed with a win, a loss by the Falcons to the Saints and a loss by the Lions either tonight to the Cowboys or next week to the Packers. Of course, the 'Hawks can beat the 'Niners without Rawls. Alex Collins will serve as the lead back if Rawls can't go.
Seahawks S Kam Chancellor left Saturday's loss to the Cardinals with an ankle injury. He returned in the 2nd half. That would seem to make him a solid bet for Week 17, when Seattle will remain in play for the #2 seed in the NFC. We'll keep an eye on his status this week, though.
Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett will miss the rest of the season after breaking his leg/ankle in Saturday's loss to the Cardinals. It was a nasty-looking injury and will require surgery, HC Pete Carroll confirmed afterward. We should get a more concrete rehab timeline in the coming days. Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse and Paul Richardson will serve as Seattle's top 3 WRs the rest of the way.
Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls left Sunday's game against the Cardinals with a shoulder injury. He carried just 8 times for 8 yards before leaving and failed to catch his lone target. RB Alex Collins carried 7 times for 28 yards and caught 4 passes for 19 yards in relief.
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