“Very good chance” Marshawn Lynch unretires

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The Raiders want Marshawn Lynch to play football for them. So does Marshawn Lynch want to play football?

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, there is a “very good chance” that Lynch will end his one-year retirement.

If Lynch returns, the Seahawks will have to decide whether to keep him, to cut him, or to trade him. He’d instantly account for $9 million on the Seattle books, and he’d remain there until they cut him or trade him.

Lynch, who turns 31 next month, has 9,112 career rushing yards in nine seasons. Another 1,000-yard season would vault him into the top 20 — and a return to the league (specifically via a deal with the Raiders) would instantly make his jersey the most popular in the league.

98 responses to ““Very good chance” Marshawn Lynch unretires

  1. many good RB in the draft. not a great move by the raiders.
    stay young and stop trying to go for the homerun because you had one good season. this will make them fail again long term.

  2. I’ve never been a fan of his because of his look at me attitude, but he’d fit in well with the Raiders offense.

    He wouldn’t have to be a workhorse type RB, like he was in Saettle. Just a tough RB who’ll pickup a much needed first down or goal line TD, because he’d be splitting time with Richard and Washington.

  3. Sounds like Lynch has already blown through a lot of his NFL money and realizes he better get another big chunk in his bank account if he doesn’t want to be broke in the next 3 or 4 years.

  4. “He’d instantly account for $9 million on the Seattle books”
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    Hard to believe Seattle wouldn’t ask for and be granted an exemption by the league office.

  5. Hope he does come back and that he gets traded to Oakland. He wants to retire with Oakland and as a big fan of his, I’m hoping it works out.

    I would be surprised if the Seahawks just release him as they have the cap space to carry his contract. Business side of this means the Seahawks will want compensation to give up his rights.

    Tampering by Oakland is obvious. League will have to take action just based on the reports thus far.

  6. Adrian Peterson is taking some blows to the old ego.

    Seattle: “Thanks for coming in, Adrian, but we’re going to sign a fat tub of goo instead.”

    Oakland: “We really prefer to coax a guy out of retirement who has been crushing Skittles on his couch for the last year.”

  7. The Seahawks would be foolish to keep him at 9 mil. He’s 31, hasn’t played a down of football in over a year, and has had all kinds of health issues the last few years. Move on.

  8. Fact is , and has been Beast Mode has always wanted to be a raider….nothing against the seahawks, but he was born in Oakland, and this might be his last chance to play for the “Oakland” Raiders” …Unretire Lynch….worse case scenario if the Seahawks keep you, and you get hurt in OTA’s next month you walk away with another 9 million for nothing.

    Go Raiders!

  9. Jack Del Rio. That’s all you need to know about the Raiders LOL. Anyone picking that guy to deliver the goods in the postseason is kidding themselves.

  10. Playing in front of the hometown crowd might give him a little extra juice – if Raider fans are lucky. Otherwise, he’s another over 30 RB with numerous recent injuries and declining skills. I’ve rooted for his running since Cal, but that’s what you’ve got.

  11. This will be an interesting game of Poker. The Seahawks will have to take on his $9M salary against their cap just to bring him back. Now, what would the Raiders offer in return? Trade him for draft picks? What’s it worth to swallow $9M in essentially dead money to get a draft pick on the other side?

    Don’t see it happening unless the Seahawks are willing to get screwed on the deal.

  12. For those who clearly don’t know, Lynch is one of the tightest guys with his money. He’s not flashy and has absolutely no problem telling people with their hands out to get out. He’s been living off his endorsements and hasn’t touched his NFL money.

    Lynch loves the East Bay as he went to high school and CAL, and has always been a Raiders fan.

  13. The only thing getting unretired is this lame fairy tale. You tried it last year, too and it didn’t work then either.

  14. Jack Del Rio. That’s all you need to know about the Raiders LOL. Anyone picking that guy to deliver the goods in the postseason is kidding themselves.

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    Disagree.

    If Carr didn’t get injured I think they could have given the Patriots a run for their money.

  15. I don’t think this is a money grab – he’s from Oakland and runs a charity there. He’s 30 and thinks he can still play. Nothing wrong with a guy wanting to end his career at home, playing for the team he grew up rooting for. He’ll be cut, maybe traded for a 6th round pick and he’ll probably get a 2 year contract at a reasonable price. This will happen.

  16. Disagree.

    If Carr didn’t get injured I think they could have given the Patriots a run for their money.
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    LOL. No.

  17. Hopefully the Raiders already had permission to talk to Lynch. Would they still be in trouble if it was Lynch or his agent that initiated talks?

  18. Meanwhile, in real news:

    Free-agent tight end Luke Willson has agreed to return to the Seattle Seahawks on a one-year deal, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan on Friday.

  19. Don’t assume if this does happen that Seattle and Oakland haven’t already been talking so It wouldn’t be tampering.

    Secondly even if this is tampering it would be hard to prove because if they ask Greg Papa who he was talking about he could say Ray Rice or something.

  20. 1969nflchampionskansascitychiefs says:
    Mar 17, 2017 11:33 AM

    Very good chance the Vikings choke again this season.

    The Vikings have ZERO Championships.

    ZERO.
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    Ladies and gentlemen, Exhibit A proving Packer fans are obsessed with the Vikings. This article has nothing to do with the Vikings but this guy feels compelled to say the same thing he says on every article he comments on.

  21. Wouldn’t be surprised if he did all this to get away from Pete. The Seahawks are not good, and that’s even with all the illegal practices and juicing.

  22. harrisonhits2 says:
    Mar 17, 2017 11:18 AM
    Sounds like Lynch has already blown through a lot of his NFL money and realizes he better get another big chunk in his bank account if he doesn’t want to be broke in the next 3 or 4 years.
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    It’s widely known that he hasn’t even touched his football money. He lives off of his endorsements.

  23. And Adrian Peterson is now taking a backseat to a running back who will un-retire and hasn’t played for a year.

    The ego is a fragile thing isn’t it, Adrian?

  24. This will be an interesting game of Poker. The Seahawks will have to take on his $9M salary against their cap just to bring him back. Now, what would the Raiders offer in return? Trade him for draft picks? What’s it worth to swallow $9M in essentially dead money to get a draft pick on the other side?

    Don’t see it happening unless the Seahawks are willing to get screwed on the deal.
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    The Seahawks have no say in the matter. If he files for reinstatement he is automatically on their books – they own the rights to him. Seattle can cut him to get the money off the books and he automatically becomes a free agent.

  25. Pretty ignorant comment, had you done a little research before posting this, you’d know that he hasn’t spent a dime of his NFL money and has been living off his endorsement money.

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    Sounds like Lynch has already blown through a lot of his NFL money and realizes he better get another big chunk in his bank account if he doesn’t want to be broke in the next 3 or 4 years.

  26. You can’t trade him with the $9 million base salary. They would cut him. It’s mo coincidence that he waited on this until after the Seahwaks signed Eddie Lacy.

  27. 1969nflchampionskansascitychiefs says:
    Mar 17, 2017 11:33 AM
    Very good chance the Vikings choke again this season.

    The Vikings have ZERO Championships.

    ZERO.
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    Technically, the Vikings were the NFL champions, and the Chiefs were the AFL champions in 1969. The NFC and AFC started in the 1970 season.

    But I totally agree the Vikings are not likely to make the playoffs, let alone a super this season.

    So what do the Vikings have to do with this story and why did you post it in this story?

  28. Wow, he burned through all his money already? Taking a year off at age 30, doubt he can get his condition back. The soft life rots your athletic ability faster than anything else.

  29. Seattle doesn’t need to cut him. I’ve been hearing for 5 years the Seahawks we’re going to be in “cap hell” because of Russell Wilson’s contract. It’s never happened, and it never will.

    Seattle still has $15 million in cap space for 2017, far more than what they need to absorb Lynch’s salary if he un-retires. In addition, they could easily create $10-$15 million more if they do extensions with say, Jimmy Graham and Kam Chancellor. They can create even more with simple restructurings of Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman, if they want to. But they don’t have to.

    For 2018, they have $45 million in cap space, every top player under contract, and zero dead money.

    ZERO.

    In addition, their top 12 2018 players by cap number would result in a net cap SAVINGS if they were released for some reason in 2018. This list includes Russell Wilson, Bobby Wagner, Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Doug Baldwin, KJ Wright, Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett. They have only a handful of significant free agents to re-sign should they choose to. Oh, and they have 5 of the first 105 picks in this years draft.

    In short, not only are the Seahawks not “up against the cap,” they are the very definition of how to properly manage the salary cap while maintaining a roster full of superstars.

    Expect to see the Seahawks winning the NFC West and competing to win Super Bowls for the next several years. Have a nice day.

  30. 1969nflchampionskansascitychiefs says:
    Mar 17, 2017 11:33 AM

    Very good chance the Vikings choke again this season.

    The Vikings have ZERO Championships.

    ZERO.
    ********************************************** Can anyone tell me what the hell this has to do with the story? I like some of the stories and comments but dang the trolls are annoying !!
    1969nflchampionskansascitychiefs you should change your handle to “random troll” get lost !

  31. pau49ers says:
    Mar 17, 2017 12:17 PM

    The Seahawks have no say in the matter. If he files for reinstatement he is automatically on their books – they own the rights to him. Seattle can cut him to get the money off the books and he automatically becomes a free agent.
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    Bingo!

    Somebody understands how things work, not many do though.

  32. He just wants to pad his stats for Canton. He wouldn’t have to if Pete Carroll let him run the ball in the SB and retire a champion. That would have been the best way for him to get into the HOF.

  33. This tells me Oakland wants an all around complete RB and not a luxury RB past his prime.

    Who knows how this Lynch to Oakland would work out, but he would seem to be a better fit in Oaklands O than AP. In passing situations the RB is required to to take out the blitzing LB. Thats all Lynch if you ask me.

    AP on the other hand may look to a team like the Chiefs that doesnt really require much pass protection from their RBs. He would have to show he can execute screens and get into the flat quickly to be ready for the check down. You think Im kidding but he could be a good fit in Andy Reids offense the way he likes to use RBs.

  34. He grew up a Raider fan and his entire family still are Raider fans. He wants to close out his career by playing for the team he rooted for as a kid. What the hell is wrong with that?

  35. It would be AWWESOME! Do it Marshawn.

    Is there any doubts now that Adrian Peterson is going to end up on the Packers? Better start to face the facts ‘Sconny, you’re going to have to root for him!

    AP and Rodgers are probably together swatting fly’s with golf clubs right now.

  36. rageviral says:
    Mar 17, 2017 11:21 AM
    Why the he’ll would his jersey be the most popular in the league? Raiders jerseys are boring whatever name and number you stuck on them.

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    Not boring…..,classic and good looking. You dont see them changing them like most other teams. It is funny how many teams that have went to black jerseys, when it is not in their original color scheme. But as they say imitation is most sincere form of flattery.

  37. Dude can do whatever he wants. Riggins did it and his best years we’re actually ahead of him.. Curtis Martin had some of his best years in his 30’s as well.

  38. 64 yds a game times 16 games is 1024 yds. pedestrian not like 100 yds times 10 games is 1000 yds when the 1000yd standard for excellence was established……

  39. mezanine10 says:
    Mar 17, 2017 1:48 PM

    I guess Lynch’s job as an English teacher didn’t work out.
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    Yeah, he lost it to Jason Pierre-Paul.

  40. question: did lynch actually sign the retirement papers to be considered as such? the picture during the SB isn’t legally binding i’m sure.. anyway, if he wants to continue his football career he should best of luck beast mode

  41. bringmemysoiledfool says:
    Mar 17, 2017 11:26 AM

    Yes Lawd! Oakland wus ha’nnin!

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    If you could translate that for the rest of us, that would be great…

  42. with the seahawks signing Luke Wilson, and De Shawn Shead earlier today, they currently do not have enough cap space for BeastMode on the books.

  43. 1. Yes he did sign his retirement papers which cleared his salary from he cap this year
    2. If he unretires, Seattle is a fantastic situation no matter what. We have more than enough cap room to take his salary back on as we would be happy to have him back on the field at $9M and we could package Lacy up in a trade if needed. Ultimately we could trade Marshawn to where ever but it would not be free.
    3. I’m going to assume that based on 2 above, if this report is true, that Oakland/Seattle/Marshawn have been discussing this.

  44. Marshawn is certainly not going to ‘stick it’ to Seattle. They gave him a second chance in the league when no one wanted him. Then they let him keep the $5M bonus he did not earn. If he ‘unretires’ you can be certain a trade has already been worked out and Seattle will get a nice compensation.

  45. He just wants to pad his stats for Canton.
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    With his aversion to the media, I suspect he’d get the Terrell Owens treatment from the pompus panel of voters.

    .. and his resume is a little light anyway. He’d need at least 3 more productive seasons, and I just don’t see that.

  46. No way anyone is trading for him. Why would a team take on his 9 mil in salary and give up a pick? If Seattle wants something for him they risk having a pissed of Lynch giving a half-assed effort making 9 mil on their roster.

  47. Marshawn is almost 31 (30 years, 329 days) roughly the same age as Ricky Williams when he returned from his hiatus.

    Williams racked up 3600 yards from scrimmage and averaged 4.3 yards/carry in 4 seasons in his comeback.

    I’m not sure Lynch would want to play 4 more years, but I don’t see any reason why he couldn’t have the same kind of success.

  48. I’m not making a joke here, but I hope Marshawn remembers that he can be “Randomly” Drug Tested once he unretires. Goodell would probably hold the cup. You know, to protect the integrity of the shield.

  49. Is there any doubts now that Adrian Peterson is going to end up on the Packers?
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    Personally, I’d rather see Ted make up for the mistake of passing on Lynch in 2010 and get in on this action.

    .. Beacuse it is ‘all about that action, boss’.

  50. This could be very interesting as long as he doesn’t try to break the bank. One thing I’m worried about is the last time the Raiders pulled someone out of retirement was Carlson Palmer. Anyone remember that? Hope this isn’t the issue with Marshall.

  51. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Mar 17, 2017 1:08 PM
    He just wants to pad his stats for Canton. He wouldn’t have to if Pete Carroll let him run the ball in the SB and retire a champion. That would have been the best way for him to get into the HOF.

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    Canton? C’mon, we all get that you are a Jets fan and know little about football but really……

  52. bondlake says:
    Mar 17, 2017 11:12 AM

    How do you know it would be the most popular jersey in the league?

    You don’t.
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    Because Raiders fans are the biggest fools on planet Earth and Tom Brady’s jersey has already been sold to every potential customer.

  53. No way anyone is trading for him. Why would a team take on his 9 mil in salary and give up a pick?
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    What if he’s in great shape and said team believed they were getting healthy-2014 Lynch and not injured-about to be 30-2015 Lynch?

    .. and what kind of pick would Seattle ask for? A 4th would have to be the absolute best case scenario for them.

  54. aaronscool says:
    Mar 17, 2017 2:31 PM
    1. Yes he did sign his retirement papers which cleared his salary from he cap this year
    2. If he unretires, Seattle is a fantastic situation no matter what. We have more than enough cap room to take his salary back on as we would be happy to have him back on the field at $9M and we could package Lacy up in a trade if needed. Ultimately we could trade Marshawn to where ever but it would not be free.

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    Please explain your math…because when I use arithmetic it tells me you do not have “more then enough” because 14 million minus-3 million(luke Wilson) = 11 million- 1.5 million (de Shawn Shead)= 9.5 million, minus 9 million (beast mode) leaves you at half a million, and you need at least 6 million just to sign your draft picks…so my question is more then enough for what? to trade away all your draft picks? Raider out of courtesy might send you a 7th rd pick, but the question is why….just wait it out….seahawks don’t have no where near the space to sign him.

  55. I’m worried about is the last time the Raiders pulled someone out of retirement was Carlson Palmer. Anyone remember that?
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    Palmer never really retired, that was just his means of getting out of Cincy.

    Giving up a 1st and 2nd for that guy is pretty brutal though…

  56. Poor Adrian Peterson. No one wants you.

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    Man, that’s gotta sting like a lacerated ball-sack.

  57. 1969nflchampionskansascitychiefs says:
    Mar 17, 2017 11:33 AM
    Very good chance the Vikings choke again this season.

    The Vikings have ZERO Championships.

    ZERO.

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    This article has nothing to do with the Vikings or KC. Obviously you do not like the Vikings and they are living in your head rent free. I’m thinking you caught a Viking bending your wife over in the kitchen.

  58. nhpats says:
    Mar 17, 2017 3:17 PM
    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Mar 17, 2017 1:08 PM
    He just wants to pad his stats for Canton. He wouldn’t have to if Pete Carroll let him run the ball in the SB and retire a champion. That would have been the best way for him to get into the HOF.

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    Canton? C’mon, we all get that you are a Jets fan and know little about football but really……
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    If a guy like Martin gets in just by stacking stats, take Lynches top 10 runs and put them up against pretty much every back including Faulks….Lynch will get in, eventually even if he stays retired.

  59. nsawins says:
    Mar 17, 2017 11:50 AM
    Disagree.

    If Carr didn’t get injured I think they could have given the Patriots a run for their money.
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    LOL. No.

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    LOL Yes

    Not a Raider fan or Pat hater but with a healthy Carr,we never would have seen the comeback in SB

  60. aarons444 says:
    Marshawn is . . . roughly the same age as Ricky Williams when he returned. Williams racked up 3600 yards from scrimmage and averaged 4.3 yards/carry in 4 seasons in his comeback. . . . I don’t see any reason why he couldn’t have the same kind of success.
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    1. Marshawn Lynch has looked into the camera many times and insisted he’s done with football. His agent always seems to leave the door slightly ajar, but even he’s hinted his client isn’t playing for anyone but the Raiders;
    2. After re-signing Luke Willson and Deshawn Shead this morning, Seattle does not have the cap space to “easily absorb” Lynch’s salary.
    Even if they did, why would they?
    His last year in Seattle Lynch’s numbers were way down before he was injured. The line was bad, but Thomas Rawls fared much better behind the same unit. With two good young backs and now Lacy in the fold, why would Seattle want a backup running back at Lynch’s salary?
    Better yet, why would Lynch want to play in Seattle? He doesn’t need the money, Oakland is his home town, the Raiders have a far superior offensive line, and Lynch (and his momma) have butted heads with Pete Carroll in the past;
    3. In 12 seasons Ricky Williams had 2, 431 carries. Lynch has 2,144 in just nine. His Beast Mode style meant Lynch took brutal poundings few NFL backs have taken.
    Williams missed a couple of seasons while in his prime due to suspensions, and played a year in Canada before his return. He was fresh. Lynch took a year off AFTER the pounding and the injuries. It’s not a good comparison;
    4. Lynch hardly practiced the last two seasons he was active due to a bad back. Unlike a lot of other injuries, backs most often don’t fully heal as they stem from skeletal degeneration or muscular/skeletal issues that aren’t going away.
    It’s just my opinion, but I don’t see Lynch playing again at all, and only in spot duty on a restructured contract in Oakland if he does return. I could be wrong.

  61. granadafan says:
    Mar 17, 2017 11:39 AM
    For those who clearly don’t know, Lynch is one of the tightest guys with his money. He’s not flashy…
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    Yeah, because when you park your Laborghini and put velvet ropes around it isn’t being flashy.

  62. Bringing in Lynch to the Raiders supports many media reports that M. Davis is demanding McKenzie to win now. In all fairness, Reggie rebuilt this team but it has yet to translate to Division titles or playoff wins after 5 years. McKenzie is on the clock!

  63. Too bad Seattle’s not still in the AFC West. That would have made this storyline all the more enjoyable.

  64. babygaga19 says:
    Bringing in Lynch to the Raiders supports many media reports that M. Davis is demanding McKenzie to win now. In all fairness, Reggie rebuilt this team but it has yet to translate to Division titles or playoff wins after 5 years. McKenzie is on the clock!

    There is some truth in that. But I would argue McKenzie has rebuilt the Raiders the right way.
    Remember, that team was a total mess when he took over. First he had to find a way to dump or get rid of a ton of bad salaries and players.
    A lot of GMs would have used the massive cap space he recouped to immediately grab a bunch of high-priced fee agent talent, which rarely works out.
    Instead, McKenzie brought in depth and mid-level talent first, then worked on building up areas of the team through the draft and by being selective when he went after bigger free agents.
    No, he hasn’t won yet. But by building slowly, managing the cap and being patient I believe he’s very close to winning, and more importantly, has built a system that will make success sustainable.
    In my opinion, growing impatient and dumping McKenzie would be the kind of dumb Davis move that got the Raiders in trouble in the first place.

  65. jackedupboonie says:
    Mar 17, 2017 4:01 PM
    nhpats says:
    Mar 17, 2017 3:17 PM
    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Mar 17, 2017 1:08 PM
    He just wants to pad his stats for Canton. He wouldn’t have to if Pete Carroll let him run the ball in the SB and retire a champion. That would have been the best way for him to get into the HOF.

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    Canton? C’mon, we all get that you are a Jets fan and know little about football but really……
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    If a guy like Martin gets in just by stacking stats, take Lynches top 10 runs and put them up against pretty much every back including Faulks….Lynch will get in, eventually even if he stays retired.

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    If the HOF were about top 10 runs then Bo Jackson would get in. Lynch won’t sniff the HOF…nor should he. His days in Buffalo were mediocre at best. He had a few good seasons in Seattle….big deal. I know the fans that just started watching football in 2013 think Lynch was a big deal…..but they are wrong

  66. Disagree.

    If Carr didn’t get injured I think they could have given the Patriots a run for their money.
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    LOL. No.

    Actually,the Raiders would have easily beaten the Patriots.Frankly ,Atlanta killed them in the SuperBowl,until Quinn got “Mad Cow” disease and went insane just like Carroll.

    I am not worried about Boston.

    Atlanta is a much better and more formidable opponent,and,it is unlikely Quinn will go insane 2 years in a row.

  67. eatme2259 says:
    Mar 17, 2017 4:04 PM
    nsawins says:
    Mar 17, 2017 11:50 AM
    Disagree.

    If Carr didn’t get injured I think they could have given the Patriots a run for their money.
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    LOL. No.

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    LOL Yes

    Not a Raider fan or Pat hater but with a healthy Carr,we never would have seen the comeback in SB

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    That’s a bold prediction about at team that hasn’t won anything in decades…..we will see this season. I will admit that the Raiders have added some nice pieces to their team this offseason. I like the Patterson signing. Let’s see if they can win their own division before annointing them.

  68. I fully support giving Lynch the opportunity to play for his home team. He has given the Seahawks a lot. They made it pretty clear that they were done with him well before he retired.

  69. aarons444 says:
    Mar 17, 2017 3:43 PM
    No way anyone is trading for him. Why would a team take on his 9 mil in salary and give up a pick?
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    What if he’s in great shape and said team believed they were getting healthy-2014 Lynch and not injured-about to be 30-2015 Lynch?

    .. and what kind of pick would Seattle ask for? A 4th would have to be the absolute best case scenario for them.
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    Simple 9 mil makes him the 3rd largest cap hit in the NFL for RB. Any GM willing to pay a 31 yr old RB coming out of retirement won’t be a GM for long. I don’t care what kind of shape he’s in taking a 9 mil dollar risk on a physical RB who’s body was starting to break down doesn’t make sense. And then to have to give up a pick for the privilege? Not gonna happen.

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