Report: Marshawn could turn his attention to the Patriots

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Marshawn Lynch is one hell of a businessman.

He knows that the Raiders need him more than he needs them. And he’s demonstrating it now through the report, via Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, that Lynch has privately expressed interest in playing for the Patriots if talks with the Raiders crater.

Translation: Lynch’s unretirement isn’t a Raiders-only proposition, and if the Raiders aren’t going to pay the premium that comes from the positive benefit his presence will have on keeping Oakland fans engaged, Lynch will go elsewhere.

No “elsewhere” should strike more fear into the hearts of the Raiders and their fans than New England.

Sure, the Patriots won’t pay a premium for Lynch, but Lynch would be more likely to cement his Hall of Fame credentials with a second Super Bowl win by joining the Patriots, who seem to be loaded for championship No. 6. So if he’s taking less money than he wants, it makes more sense to take less with the Patriots.

There’s also a chance Lynch doesn’t really feel that way, and that he’s simply trying to put pressure on G.M. Reggie McKenzie and owner Mark Davis to pay not only for what Lynch will do on the field but what he will do via ticket and jersey sales.

The Seahawks still hold Lynch’s rights, but G.M. John Schneider has made it clear that they won’t make his return elsewhere a complex process. If the Raiders aren’t willing to pay up, however, that’s where things could get complicated.

For free-agent running back LeGarrette Blount, it’s all getting pretty simple. The longer he waits to take what’s on the table, the Patriots become more likely to move on to someone else.

76 responses to “Report: Marshawn could turn his attention to the Patriots

  1. Am I the only person not excited about a 30+ year old RB returning? To me, its a waste of money and whoever signs him loses.

  2. “For free-agent running back LeGarrette Blount, it’s all getting pretty simple. The longer he waits to take what’s on the table, the Patriots become more likely to move on to someone else.”

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    I think the Patriots have already moved on from Mr. Blount.

  3. I think you are way over estimating how much the Raiders NEED Marshawn. This is at least your second article on the subject. If he’s looking for a big pay, not gonna happen with the Raiders or probably anywhere else. If he wants to play ball, Reggie will give him a look.

  4. Blount should call THEIR bluff… let them sign another player who may or may not work out in their system. Blount can go play for the Seahawks or the Raiders and get paid just fine.. Patriots use players.. except Brady… yes they win a lot but as soon as Tom Terrific is gone we will see how much genius is left in that franchise.

  5. If he wants over $3-4 million, let Pats have him. Richard is fully capable of being the feature back (better than Murray). Just need a short-yardage specialist from the draft (Perine, Foreman, Connor)

  6. Blount goes to Raiders.
    Marshawn stays retired (he always was).
    You run out of imaginary scenarios to write about.

    It’s win-win-win all around.

  7. Smart dude. Raiders might not even be playing in Oakland this season unless they pay back the $800k in parking revenues they stole from the county landlord. Just evict me, baby!

  8. Well if the Pat’s get him he is the only person I know who talks less to the press than Bill…

  9. RegisHawk says:
    Apr 10, 2017 2:40 PM
    Blount goes to Raiders.
    Marshawn stays retired (he always was).
    You run out of imaginary scenarios to write about.

    It’s win-win-win all around.
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    I like your last part. But then he’ll write about his disdain for Tebow, even though he plays baseball, or how Kaepernick should play for every single team in the NFL.

  10. “No “elsewhere” should strike more fear into the hearts of the Raiders and their fans than New England.”

    Sounds legit, Lynch is almost as famous for taking less as the Pats are for paying more…smh

  11. You keep saying the Raiders need him more than he needs them but that’s not the case. He’s the one who has decided he wants to play again and approached the Raiders. They likely aren’t willing to pay what he wants because they know they can get a RB in the draft which is historically deep at the position, can add another vet like Peterson or Blount, and their offense is pass heavy anyway. This is a good young Raider team that won 12 games with a horrible defense last year. Any improvement on that side of the ball and they are legitimate SB contenders with or without Lynch. The idea that fans in Oakland won’t come out to watch one of the best teams in football is silly. They will with or without the hometown guy. The Raiders don’t need Lynch as much as Lynch needs the Raiders. He is the one who wants to play again and play for the hometown team. The Patriots aren’t going to pay him and it’s nothing more than a negotiating ploy to try and get more from Oakland. He will be a Raider or will decide to stay retired.

  12. Don’t think it’ll happen w New England but on a side note, BB wouldn’t have to worry about him saying too much to the media.

  13. jason9696 says:
    Apr 10, 2017 2:42 PM
    How would Patriots fans feel about Marshawn Lynch being on their team?
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    If he is in shape then he is definitely a better sled dog than Blount and he can catch the ball if needed; although that is not really needed on a Pats team with White and Lewis.

    Best of all, he dislikes the media maybe even more than BB.

    This Pats fan would feel fine about Lynch.

  14. First things first – as a free agent, when you need the wheels to start turning on market interest, mentioning/visiting the Patriots seems to be the first thing agents think of (AP, now Lynch)…

    Second – and I am sure I am in the minority of Pats fans when I say this – I do not want Lynch, or Blount back, and certainly do not want Peterson. I’m fine sticking with Burkehead or drafting someone in the 4th or 5th round this year at RB – not a focal point of this offense outside of the 5 yard line.

  15. buffalosunshine says:
    Apr 10, 2017 2:38 PM

    Blount should call THEIR bluff… let them sign another player who may or may not work out in their system. Blount can go play for the Seahawks or the Raiders and get paid just fine.. Patriots use players.. except Brady… yes they win a lot but as soon as Tom Terrific is gone we will see how much genius is left in that franchise.
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    Well, we already saw a preview in 2008 when Matt Cassel lead them to an 11-5 record with Brady out for the season. In any other year, that record would’ve been good enough to make the playoffs.

  16. If the Pats can get Lynch and Sherman, Brady could hand off to Lynch on the 1 yard line for the Superbowl winning TD and then Sherman can point and say “YES, THAT’S WHAT YOUR SUPPOSED TO DO!!!”

  17. buffalosunshine says:
    Apr 10, 2017 2:38 PM

    yes they win a lot but as soon as Tom Terrific is gone we will see how much genius is left in that franchise.
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    I think merely average intelligence is sufficient to dominate the teams in the AFC East.

  18. After Carroll announces they want to put more of the offense in Wilson’s hands, the team goes from being a good offense with Lynch and a great defense to a bad offense without Lynch and an above average defense. They win a playoff game because of a missed chip shot FG, then get embarrassed by Carolina, the next year they beat a bad Lions team that Stafford was carrying all by himself, then get embarrassed by the Falcons.

    Lynch then want’s to comeback and play football again, but not for the Seahawks and Sherman requests a trade to a contender.

    All because they wanted to make Wilson the golden boy of Seattle. Goes to show you the direction of this franchise.

  19. How would Patriots fans feel about Marshawn Lynch being on their team?

    I for one would love it. However, Bill isn’t going to pay any premium for any RB…never mind one older than 30.

  20. I really hope this isn’t coming from Lynch. You retired dbag. All this bs coming from your camp makes me lose so much respect for the beast. If you wanted a year off, then tell the team that paid your salary and bonus, took nothing back even though they legally could, out of respect for the hard player you were, and come back to the team that gave you a real opportunity and a super bowl win. Otherwise, shut up and stay retired. If I were the seahawks, I wouldn’t let him go without a fifth rounder (which isn’t much considering how good he can be for a team at least for one year, and the bonus money they let him walk with).

  21. He’s been out of football for over a year and he’s over 30. That equals a Substantial Injury Risk… therefore, offer to pay him the veteran minimum with lots of incentives that he should reach IF he stays healthy and productive.

  22. Well, we already saw a preview in 2008 when Matt Cassel lead them to an 11-5 record with Brady out for the season. In any other year, that record would’ve been good enough to make the playoffs.
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    “In any other year, that record would’ve been good enough to make the playoffs.”

    Wouldn’t that make 11-5 not as impressive as in “any other year”?

  23. “but Lynch would be more likely to cement his Hall of Fame credentials with a second Super Bowl”
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    Umm, no, Lynch in not making the Hall of Fame. Tyrell Davis barely snuck in this year even though he at the best avg. yds in the playoffs (142), most 100yd in playoffs (7), 3rd highest season average (97.5 behind Jim Brown & Barry Sanders).

    Lynch averaged 71.1 per game, 35th in NFL history. Don’t forget the reason Seahawks didn’t TRUST Lynch at the goal line: he was a pathetic 1-for-5 that year and 4-for-13 career.

  24. Your wrong a 2nd time Florio. The Raiders don’t NEED Beast Mode. However he would be a nice addition at the right price. Amazing that you don’t see it that way.

    RAIDER NATION

  25. If I were the Raiders I would sign Lynch and AP both.
    Tell them to put their egos aside for one season and we are going to share this thing and we could ram it down everyone’s throats and Carr would have tons of play action threats/time. The passing game would work great! And this is coming from a Chiefs fan so you know it would work! Haha. Now as to who is the starter? Depends on the game plan that week. Let’s be a TEAM. Stop worrying about individuals.

  26. Tail says:
    Apr 10, 2017 2:36 PM
    I think you are way over estimating how much the Raiders NEED Marshawn. This is at least your second article on the subject. If he’s looking for a big pay, not gonna happen with the Raiders or probably anywhere else. If he wants to play ball, Reggie will give him a look.

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    It’s a publicity move for the Raiders. They’re trying to keep the fans in Oakland interested by bringing in the “hometown hero”. They’re rolling the dice huge here though, because if Marshawn is a dud, I can see the fanbase up there deflating.

  27. If Reggie McKenzie has shown anything during his time in Oakland, it’s that he is willing to pay for young talent, but it’s going to be on team friendly contracts and that he’s also willing to let players walk if they don’t fit his budget. I’m sure Mark Davis would love to have the press that comes with Lynch playing in Oakland, but I don’t see it happening at the expense of extending Carr, Mack and Jackson.

    After the salary cap hell the Raiders were in, I was happy they were content to build through the draft and not overpay in FA this year.

  28. yes they win a lot but as soon as Tom Terrific is gone we will see how much genius is left in that franchise
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    Won 11 games in 08 without Brady, which incidentally is one MORE than they won the next year with Brady.

    Yes, Tom Brady is the greatest football player of all time.
    And Yes, Bill Belichick is the greatest coach of all time.
    And Yes, together they have formed the greatest football dynasty of all time.

    So let’s forget the constant silliness of trying to denigrate one due to the greatness of the other.

    But I’ll throw you a bone:

    Yes, when they are BOTH gone in the distant future, Patriots will revert to the mean. But I’ll be dead so who gives a damn.

  29. That would be surreal having Tom hand off to Lynch. And the Pats game rotates RBs on almost every play, so Lynch doesn’t have to carry the team like he did in Seattle.

  30. Mr. Lynch would fit right in on the Pats. With his personality the man was born to be a New England Patriot. I am quite sure on second and goal from the one yard line Coach Belichick will give the man the football. Foxboro is a great place for those that just want to play football and be left alone.

  31. ““In any other year, that record would’ve been good enough to make the playoffs.”

    Wouldn’t that make 11-5 not as impressive as in “any other year”?”

    No, that would say there were a higher percentage of better teams that season than usual, and therefore that much harder to reach 11 wins.

  32. bkostela says:
    Apr 10, 2017 3:55 PM

    “In any other year, that record would’ve been good enough to make the playoffs.”

    Wouldn’t that make 11-5 not as impressive as in “any other year”?
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    Only 2 or 3 times in league history has an 11-5 team not made the playoffs. Considering the proliferation of division winners lately with 8-8 and 7-9 getting in…

  33. buffalosunshine says:
    Apr 10, 2017 2:38 PM

    Blount should call THEIR bluff… let them sign another player who may or may not work out in their system. Blount can go play for the Seahawks or the Raiders and get paid just fine.. Patriots use players.. except Brady… yes they win a lot but as soon as Tom Terrific is gone we will see how much genius is left in that franchise.
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    Despite being a free agent, going elsewhere AND getting paid doesn’t seem to be happening for Blount. If he had gotten an offer to go elsewhere “and get paid just fine”, he’d already be gone from NE.

  34. some dude from boston writes a article about lynch going to the pats. and has ZERO facts to back any of it up….

  35. If he doesnt go to Oakland, I hope Marky Mark goes to Plan B which is half time entertainment featuring female, midget wrestling. The Black Hole would love it.

  36. Grugenhagen says:
    Apr 10, 2017 3:04 PM
    buffalosunshine says:
    Apr 10, 2017 2:38 PM

    Blount should call THEIR bluff… let them sign another player who may or may not work out in their system. Blount can go play for the Seahawks or the Raiders and get paid just fine.. Patriots use players.. except Brady… yes they win a lot but as soon as Tom Terrific is gone we will see how much genius is left in that franchise.
    ———————-

    Well, we already saw a preview in 2008 when Matt Cassel lead them to an 11-5 record with Brady out for the season. In any other year, that record would’ve been good enough to make the playoffs.
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    So tell me what Bill did in 5 years of being the head coach of the Browns? Tom and Bill will both retire at the same time.

  37. Talk of Marshawn Lynch & Tony Romo as HOF’ers am I missing something? This notion that players on ” overhyped teams” is getting crazy!

  38. Keep in mind all of those no-gains for Blount last year happened because the line couldn’t open up jack.

    Jim Thorpe ain’t getting any yards under those circumstances.

  39. It’s happened over and over with the RM Raiders. If you’re a vet you are going to get a very team friendly contract or you walk.

    The Raiders don’t need Lynch for any more than 4 million. For that amount of cash they can draft a RB, pay him less than that for 4 years and hope to find another Richard for minimum wage NFL style for as long as they want them.

    Lynch needs the Raiders and the Patriots much more than either team, or any team for that matter, needs him.

  40. Also, put it this way, Murray settled for 1 year 3.4 million.

    I would take that as meaning Murray was willing to take 3.4 million and pay behind a OK line. The Raiders obviously weren’t going to pay that much for a RB with a lot of tread on the tires. Even if it was 3 million, behind one of the 2-3 best lines in the league.

    Lynch isn’t getting paid in Oakland.

  41. simplec72 says:
    Apr 10, 2017 7:48 PM
    Grugenhagen says:
    Apr 10, 2017 3:04 PM
    buffalosunshine says:
    Apr 10, 2017 2:38 PM

    Blount should call THEIR bluff… let them sign another player who may or may not work out in their system. Blount can go play for the Seahawks or the Raiders and get paid just fine.. Patriots use players.. except Brady… yes they win a lot but as soon as Tom Terrific is gone we will see how much genius is left in that franchise.
    ———————-

    Well, we already saw a preview in 2008 when Matt Cassel lead them to an 11-5 record with Brady out for the season. In any other year, that record would’ve been good enough to make the playoffs.
    ——————————————————————————
    So tell me what Bill did in 5 years of being the head coach of the Browns? Tom and Bill will both retire at the same time.

    ____________________
    He took the woeful Browns to the playoffs…..

  42. Report: Marshawn could turn his attention to the Patriots
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    Only if Marshawn wants to get ripped off.

  43. Because he hasn’t broken Buffalo Bills’ fans’ hearts enough yet

    There’s still a few juicy bits to jump up and down on

  44. The Raiders need him, BADLY. His work ethic and insane drive to compete beyond the whistle every single play would serve to reestablish the Raider image of toughness. It would give them the edge they need to compete on the same level as the Patriots. It was Lynch who broke Seattle into the upper echelon of NFL teams. Seattle was an also-ran at best, until Lynch started smashing guys and running over them. Raiders have a good team, but nobody outside of Oakland thinks they could beat the Patriots in the playoffs without a LOT of luck. Marshawn would change that perception immediately.

    If you think you don’t need him in Oakland, well, that’s cute. If you want your team to be talked about in the same way people talk about the Patriots, Packers, Seahawks and Steelers, then you should recognize how much you really need Marshawn. Yes he’s over 30 but he’s had a year off and he’s not a typical RB. He goes through guys. Speed diminishes at 30, strength does not. In fact many men become stronger in their 30s.

    With him, Raiders are legitimate contenders. Without him, the best they can hope for is to be the AFC team that loses least ugly to the Patriots. TRUTH

  45. I seriously don’t understand the Marshawn Lynch hate. He stands up against the league, does his own thing even if he gets fined (or not fined), and plays hard every play. I’ll take him on my team any day.

  46. It’s happened over and over with the RM Raiders. If you’re a vet you are going to get a very team friendly contract or you walk.
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    Is that why Toadman paid Schaub a one year deal for $9M to never take the field?? Your god like worship of 30-50 McKenzie is soooooo creepy! Please dont stop. Maybe someday he will get a Division crown and win a playoff game but I doubt it.

  47. simplec72 says:
    Apr 10, 2017 7:48 PM
    Grugenhagen says:
    Apr 10, 2017 3:04 PM
    buffalosunshine says:
    Apr 10, 2017 2:38 PM

    Blount should call THEIR bluff… let them sign another player who may or may not work out in their system. Blount can go play for the Seahawks or the Raiders and get paid just fine.. Patriots use players.. except Brady… yes they win a lot but as soon as Tom Terrific is gone we will see how much genius is left in that franchise.
    ———————-

    Well, we already saw a preview in 2008 when Matt Cassel lead them to an 11-5 record with Brady out for the season. In any other year, that record would’ve been good enough to make the playoffs.
    ——————————————————————————
    So tell me what Bill did in 5 years of being the head coach of the Browns? Tom and Bill will both retire at the same time.

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    Love what Blount has done with the Patriots, but RB’s are a dime a dozen. The Pats have 6 under contract and will figure out who emerges (as the season unfolds). They may even draft another one. The lucky thing for them is that they can usually win while they tweak things in the 1st half of the season.

    It’s interesting that no one has emerged to overpay for Blount and his 18 TDs, but maybe the league is wising up a bit.

  48. simplec72 says:
    Apr 10, 2017 7:48 PM

    “So tell me what Bill (Belichick) did in 5 years of being the head coach of the Browns? Tom and Bill will both retire at the same time.”

    ————-

    Ever hear the old adage “Never ask a question you don’t already know the answer to”?

    Belichick took a lackluster 6 and 10 team and rebuilt it to an 11 and 5 playoff contender, one that advanced to the second round, in just 4 years. The very next year the team owners announced they would be moving the team, essentially taking the wind right out of any momentum they had established the prior year.

    Had the Browns not moved to become the Baltimore Ravens, in all likelihood it would now be the Cleveland Browns that were celebrating their 15 year dynasty of the NFL. Think about that.

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