Raiders need Marshawn more than he needs them

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The sputtering Marshawn Lynch unretirement has yet to become finalized, for reasons neither known nor apparent. Three weeks ago, when his return to football as a member of the Raiders seemed imminent, the situation quickly fell silent. Earlier this week, after the Raiders received permission to meet with Lynch and the Seahawks suggested that the separation of Lynch from the reserve/retired list will go smoothly, things quickly became quiet again.

If the Seahawks aren’t trying to get the Raiders to surrender a draft pick for Lynch, why hasn’t Lynch officially returned?

For starters, the offseason program doesn’t begin for another nine days, so there’s still time to get this resolved in time for Lynch to join his teammates at the outset of the lifting and conditioning sessions. Then there’s Lynch’s predictable unpredictability, which routinely prompts him to do the opposite of whatever he’s expected to do.

But what about the basic reality that Lynch has leverage? His current contract with the Seahawks would pay him $9 million in 2017. While the running back market suggests that the Raiders should pay a lot less than that, Lynch will be much more than a running back.

He’ll be an elixir that makes fans in Oakland not focus on the not-too-distant future and instead the 2017 Raiders. With Marshawn in silver and black, who cares about 2020 or 2019 or even 2018, any of which could become the first year of the team’s second non-Oakland stint?

The potential move already is capturing the imagination of one Raiders fan with a unique connection to Marshawn. Delisa Lynch, Marshawn’s mother, recently mused about the possibility of her son playing for her team.

“The town is buzzing and [if] everybody is loving it, then I am too,” Delisa Lynch recently told SiriusXM NFL Radio.

Marshawn should be loving it, too. He has proven to be a very shrewd businessperson, and he surely realizes the Raiders currently need him more than he needs them. Which means that, if they want him both to move the chains and remove (at least for one season) the foul taste from the mouths of all Raiders fans in Oakland, the Raiders need to be ready to pay accordingly.

49 responses to “Raiders need Marshawn more than he needs them

  1. Actually, unless you know his personal financial situation, you have no idea how much he does or doesn’t need the Raiders. I know he has a contract with Seattle for $9M, but it’s pretty obvious they have no intention of paying it.

  2. I of course would welcome Lynch to the Raiders, but with Peterson and Blount still available, as well as a whole slew of RB available in the draft, the Raiders don’t need him anymore than he needs them. He could certainly help the Raiders and he wants to play for his hometown team so it’s really just a good situation for both parties and should go smoothly if it’s meant to be.

  3. I don’t see how the Raider “need” Lynch at all, RB’s aren’t that hard to find.

    He’s always wanted to be a Raider and that’s fine, but you have to keep some perspective.

  4. Even I couldn’t hate the Raiders if Marshawn Lynch was on that team. I couldn’t go against Town Biz.

    But if he wants to be great he needs to do it the 49er way. Call Roger Craig and tell him to train you in the off season and you’ll be ready for greatness.

  5. Reggie McKenzie really likes DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard. Lynch would be used rotationaly and as a goalline/short yardage back. While the people who actualy live in Oakland may be excited, the majority of Raider fans travel to the games from all over the East Bay. Those fans are generally indiferent as to whether Lynch signs or not.

  6. Blount could work for the Raiders but he is a head case. Peterson would not be a good choice, Raiders run out of Shotgun like 70% of the time, Peterson is a I formation hand off back, can’t catch, wouldn’t work with the Raiders offense.

  7. “Sputtering”?

    Sounds like any other routine NFL transaction which takes time to work out the many details.

  8. Young team full of stars coming off a 12-4 season, 2 young RBs that flashed last year, sold out stadium with 20k waiting list, deep RB draft….

    Raiders don’t *need* Marshawn at all, its the press that *needs* the circus he brings. Reggie should give him a camp tryout, if he still has something to contribute beyond using the Raiders to build his ‘brand’, he should get vet min plus incentives, nothing more. The is Derek’s team and Lynch would be a distraction to say the least. Then again, the press loves distractions.

  9. I read Lynch has managed his money well and could easily afford to retire before. He’s not doing it for the money, but for Oakland, where he grew up and wants to stay in retirement. They need to put asses in the seats until they move to Las Vegas. Neither is needed more.

  10. Davis needs the PR to overshadow the bailout to Las Vegas. Raider Nation might be so dumb they don’t care if the Raiders moved to Georgia. They’ll keep groveling to Oakland stadium to watch “their team’ which isn’t “their team” any more. Gee, $9m doesn’t seem that much to keep the stupid Raider fans who’ve been betrayed by Davis to “keep coming.” Hello Raider fans! Don’t be Davis’s lapdogs no matter what he does to you. MAKE THEM PLAY IN AN EMPTY OAKLAND STADIUM AND SEND A MESSAGE TO THE GREEDY MISMANAGED NFL! It’s a lot cheaper to get it on Directv for $250 for the season.

  11. Marshawn Lynch along with Richard and Washington? I would have to say…..
    Number 1 rushing squadron in the NFL!
    Visualizing Marshawn coming out of the back field for a Carr pass. And seeing him square up on a defender delivering the Beast Blast would be total XTC.
    It would not be far fetched as to state that the Raiders will go to the Super Bowl with Lynch in the back field. But I feel that we are going there with or without him.
    Then winning the SB as the Oakland Raiders would be so apropos, would it not?

  12. Lynch and Blount are old battering ram head case running backs. I want neither or Peterson. If the need is there, and it isn’t, this is a deep RB draft. The offense is fine, keep adding pieces to the defense should be their priority.

  13. Maybe they’re trying to work Sherman into the trade. That would make a lot of sense for the Raiders. Their 1rst and an OLineman, which Seattle needs and Oakland seems to be in good shape on.

  14. 49ersfury says:

    But if he wants to be great he needs to do it the 49er way. Call Roger Craig and tell him to train you in the off season and you’ll be ready for greatness.
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    Yeah, cuz that’s working so well for the 49ers. 3-13.

  15. Marshawn will be a great bridge for Oakland. What he does on the field is secondary. Now, as far as the “dragging their heels”, quit being so melodramatic. Use your head. It’s simple. “I ain’t about no training camp, boss”. Said since this thing started – he will be signed mid-training camp.

  16. I hope Skittles comes back and has a career ending injury on his first play back – the less we see of this clown the better. We don’t hear from him because he’s identified himself as a mute.

  17. The Raiders could use another RB, but they don’t NEED Lynch. There are lots of options out there including the draft, and last year’s two rookies combined for 970 yards and 5.5 a pop.

    If anyone thinks Reggie is the type who will overpay for PR purposes they haven’t been paying attention.

  18. Oakland needs him as an olive branch to the community more than as a running back. Lynch is a life long resident and does extensive charity work in the community. Not because he is on the Oakland football team but because he is a member of the community. He is also a notorious penny pincher whose family members say he still has his first dollar. If he plays it will be for his passion for football and the city of Oakland not money. If it was about the money he would never have retired. The fans feel back stabbed. Lynch can help slow the bleeding a little, especially if he goes BEASTMODE!

  19. billswillnevermove says:
    Apr 8, 2017 11:04 AM

    No, nobody needs the Raiders or Marshawn Lynch. There, fixed it for you. Just suck baby.
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    Buffalo. New England’s doormat. Fort Erie’s garbage can. Detroit even laughs at you.

  20. Seattle practically ran the Beast Mold out of the NFL, telling him they will cut him if he does not take a big pay cut. It is unlikely that they will pay him now, after he sat for 1 year.

  21. Frankly, the “Raiders need Lynch” narrative is idiotic. Whatever is going to happen with fans will happen or not regardless of Lynch. Nobody is going to decide to renew drain tickets based on that. I promise.
    They don’t need Lynch. They need a big young back as a counterpoint to the two they already have.
    I seriously doubt they get Lynch. They won’t give Seattle much of anything and won’t pay him more than they would a third round back in the draft. If that much, for a one year rental.
    This draft is supposed to be thick with decent running backs. That’s where they should look.

  22. The Raiders need Tyreek Hill more than they need Marshawn Lynch. Two losses per season against Tyreek and the Chiefs will be just enough to turn out the lights on their playoff hopes.

  23. omeimontis says:
    Apr 8, 2017 5:46 PM
    Seattle practically ran the Beast Mold out of the NFL, telling him they will cut him if he does not take a big pay cut. It is unlikely that they will pay him now, after he sat for 1 year.
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    You get a thumbs up from me for “Beast Mold.” That would be an awesome name for a grade school science project. Mold is cool stuff, scientifically, anyway.

  24. billswillnevermove says:
    Apr 8, 2017 11:04 AM
    No, nobody needs the Raiders or Marshawn Lynch. There, fixed it for you. Just suck baby

    i feel sorry for you, dotcom999..your whole existence is to hate on a franchise that has accomplished a thousand times more than your Toronto team has..it’s funny and sad…

  25. “If the Seahawks aren’t trying to get the Raiders to surrender a draft pick for Lynch, why hasn’t Lynch officially returned?”

    Why wouldn’t they want something in return? They certainly should, even if its just a 6 or 7th rounder.

  26. If you look at the trajectory of the Seahawks over the past 7 years, you’ll have a much better idea of how valuable Lynch is. Seattle was 7-9 and a national joke, until the Beast Quake run against the Saints. Since then they have become perennial contenders. Marshawn showed them how to win, how to fight. If you think you can just find that in the draft, good luck to you.

    If the Raiders had had Marshawn last year, Carr may have had less pressure and could have avoided the injury. With a healthy squad led by Lynch I think they would have at least made it to the Super Bowl. Nobody “needs” that but it sure would have been nice, right Raider fans?

  27. It’s ironic the majority of the people protesting the Raiders moving out of Oakland are the same people that moved out of the city of Oakland years ago. What came first the chicken or the egg? Things that make you go hmm.

  28. dudeicle says:
    Apr 8, 2017 10:45 PM
    $9mil to sit on the couch?? … Sign me up!
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    No. $9mil to play for the ‘Hawks if he comes back. If he did come back they would probably cut him quick due to salary cap ramifications. Seattle let him keep the $5mil prorated signing bonus that they could have gone after.

  29. tedmurph says:
    Apr 8, 2017 12:43 PM
    Maybe they’re trying to work Sherman into the trade. That would make a lot of sense for the Raiders. Their 1rst and an OLineman, which Seattle needs and Oakland seems to be in good shape on.
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    Reggie would never trade a 1st for anything but more draft picks.

    Howard or Alexander and a 3rd.

  30. Okay let’s straighten this out the Raiders do not need Marshawn Lynch more than he needs them one thing the sum this up the Raiders have the second best offensive line in football they can put any running back that’s a free agent right now behind that line and make him a thousand yard rusher there’s still a lot of good free agent running backs out there Adrian Peterson LeGarrette Blount Jamaal Charles and so on when you have one of the best offensive lines in football they need you before you need them

  31. the overrated raiders are in for a huge letdown this year. they have no real depth and, although had a good season last year, did not win most of those games convincingly.
    and after being 1 year removed from the longest .500 or less losing record in nfl history, the expectations are far higher than the team can deliver.
    this lynch thing is nothing more than the bowlcut owner trying to get the base excited after he ripped their hometeam out from underneath them.

  32. Apr 9, 2017 5:41 AM

    If the Raiders had had Marshawn last year, Carr may have had less pressure and could have avoided the injury. With a healthy squad led by Lynch I think they would have at least made it to the Super Bowl. Nobody “needs” that but it sure would have been nice, right Raider fans?
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    You are full of it. Raiders had, I believe, a 19 point lead yet Captain Jack Daniels Del Rio had them throwing deep. Smart play calling would have keep it on the ground, run down the clock, and the Raiders did have good back. Captain Jack DDR cost you that game and if it weren’t for the Raiders, he wouldnt have a job anywhere in the NFL. Del Rio is not a smart man.

  33. He will do good in Raider’s land. At least, for a year or so. As Defensive linemen get bigger and stronger, the days of the pure power runners are about over. That is, if they want to continue and play more than three years. Defensive front seven’s are an average of 260 lbs. No way in Hell can an 220 lb. runner continue to run through 1000 lbs. of lean beef, play after play and not be punctured. Best of luck to him and all who participate in this game.

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