It has only been one season since the NFL was graced by the presence of Marshawn Lynch truck-sticking his way through opposing players on one of their 32 football fields. But despite his absence, he has still been able to maintain his footprint in the public eye with various Skittles promotions, appearances on Conan O’Brien’s talk show, and camping with Bear Grylls.
However, recent rumors having been stirring up about the possibility of Lynch ending his retirement, putting the pads back on, and coming back to play in the NFL once again. This time though, the former running back apparently has one team in mind that he would like to play for.
The Oakland Raiders.
Being that his hometown is the same city where the Raiders play their home games, Lynch is probably thinking about his carbon footprint and wants to save on gas by just traveling down the road to play football (or not).
But really, playing for Oakland’s NFL team has likely been a dream of the former running back’s since he first started playing football as a child. He played high school football in California, he played college football in California, but he was never able to play professional football for a California team.
In football terms, it seems like it would be a good move for the Raiders to make. They just lost their power running back in Latavius Murray to free agency and Lynch’s skill set could easily fill the void left by Murray, if they’re not planning on drafting one of these guys:
Lynch will be 31 years old in April and still could have one or two decent seasons of football left in him. There are still more than a handful of running backs in the league currently that are older than Lynch.
As for how Oakland will be able to acquire him, that may be the trickiest part. Since Lynch’s old team, the Seattle Seahawks, still own the rights to the running back, the only way the Raiders can acquire the running back is by making a trade with the Seahawks or hope that Seattle decides to release him.
If the Seahawks were smart, they would force Oakland to give up a draft pick or two in exchange for Lynch. But Seattle has not always been known for making the brightest of decisions (that whole passing on the goal line thing in the Super Bowl).
But for the NFL’s sake, the league should hope that the Seahawks and Raiders can work something out to get the running back in silver and black so he can “Make Oakland Great Again”.
At least until the Raiders pack up and move to Las Vegas in two years.