NFL Rumors: Oakland Raiders Willing to Walk Away From Marshawn Lynch Deal
The Oakland Raiders want running back Marshawn Lynch to come on board and boost their rushing game after last year's top rusher Latavius Murray left and joined the Minnesota Vikings. With negotiations not moving as planned, the Raiders are ready to drop their plan of signing Lynch for next season.
Albert Breer of The MMQB said the Raiders were impressed with Lynch's shape during their meeting. But Breer added that the Raiders are willing to walk away from a potential deal if no deal is made in the coming days.
It was earlier reported by Michael Silver of NFL.com that Lynch has agreed to end his one-year retirement and join his hometown team. However, sources close to Lynch refuted the report, saying the two sides have yet to finalize terms of a contract.
Ian Rapaport of NFL Network Insider reported that both camps have until next week's Draft as deadline to reach an agreement. If the Raiders use their No. 24 pick to get a power back from the 2017 NFL Draft, Lynch will be completely out of the picture.
A deal between the Raiders and Lynch is needed to facilitate a trade with the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks retained the rights to Lynch after his retirement in 2015.
The Seahawks, for their part, assured that they will make Lynch's transfer to the Raiders a smooth one. Seahawks general manager John Schneider and his Raiders counterpart, Reggie McKenzie, worked together with the Green Bay Packers for about eight years.
Lynch could provide immediate impact to the Raiders' running game, which finished 6th in the NFL last season with 1,922 yards and 17 touchdowns. Last season, Murray ran for 788 yards with 12 touchdowns on 195 carries.
In 2015, Lynch ran 417 yards on 111 carries as injuries limited him to just seven games. In his nine-year career, he carried the ball 2,144 times for 9,112 yards and 74 touchdowns.
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