Jon Gruden confirms he has met with Marshawn Lynch

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Raiders coach Jon Gruden confirmed Wednesday he has talked to Marshawn Lynch “briefly.” Lynch’s agent last week addressed Twitter hearsay that the running back had missed a meeting with the coach, with Doug Hendrickson ripping the “couch potato non verified” rumormongers.

“I’ve called several players, introduced myself,” Gruden told Jerry McDonald of Bay Area News Group in an exclusive interview. “I think that’s legal. I’m not having contact with everybody. I’ve had people call me to tell me that Marshawn Lynch didn’t show up to a meeting that we had. I mean, there’s a lot of stuff out there that’s being written that’s not even true. We’re not allowed to have any real contact. It’s pretty clear on what the rules are. All you’ve got to do is read ’em.”

Lynch, 31, is scheduled to make a $4 million base salary and count $5.95 million against the salary cap in 2018. In 15 games last season, Lynch had 207 carries for 891 yards and seven touchdowns.

But Gruden was non-committal about Lynch’s return in 2018 when asked if he expected Lynch on the roster.

“I don’t know,” Gruden said. “I bumped into him. Some of these players that live locally do come to the facility to get a workout, see the trainer. I’ve been downstairs and met several guys. I have talked to Marshawn briefly. We’ll see. We’ll keep everybody posted.

“Right now, he’s our leading ball carrier. He’s our back, and we’re counting on him. Hopefully we get an opportunity to work together. That’s a man that has a lot of respect in this league as a player, and I certainly have respect for him also.”

33 responses to “Jon Gruden confirms he has met with Marshawn Lynch

  1. Conversations with Marshawn are all probably brief. His responses generally consist of monosyllabic grunts.

  2. Note to those who are wondering about all the negative posts about Lynch:

    Has nothing to do with ability. Has everything to do with his support for CK. These people care nothing about football, just politics.

  3. “Beast Mode” is soon-to-be 32 years of age: that dreaded age when RBs are no longer allowed to be on active rosters. J-Stew (Jonathan Stewart/Cam-rolina Panthers) is now in the same boat as “Beast Mode”

  4. 32 may not be the dreaded age anymore. Offseason conditioning, as well as RBs being in more committees may help them be productive at a high level longer.

  5. stexan says:

    February 14, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    Note to those who are wondering about all the negative posts about Lynch:

    Has nothing to do with ability. Has everything to do with his support for CK. These people care nothing about football, just politics.

    You are speaking FACTS dude, people are calling for raiders to draft a RB. Why if you paid any attention to oakland. The Raiders have already draft 3 diffrent backs in the pass few draft!!! remember Richardson? Washington? Hood? all 3 combine last year for less yards then Lynch and lynch was suspended and kicked out of a game. So yea Raiders need lynch at the moment!!!

  6. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank Marshawn Lynch for helping me win my fantasy football league. He was awesome in the second half of the season. Thanks Marshawn!

  7. harrietknutczak says:
    February 14, 2018 at 7:23 pm
    Conversations with Marshawn are all probably brief. His responses generally consist of monosyllabic grunts.

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    Most brilliant post of the day!!

  8. Please welcome the newest member of the NFL Rules Optional Club, Jon Gruden. So far we seen the Rooney Rule and the offseason player contact rule tossed and Park Ave just nods like a bobblehead on a dashboard. Stay tuned for the next exciting episode!

  9. The addition of a cancer like Lynch (which was 100% Son-of-Al’s publicity stunt) was the major reason that the Raiders regressed from a promising young playoff team in 2016 to 6-10 in 2017. I’m not enthusiastic about Gruden as HC but if Gruden is to avoid repeating the results of Art Shell’s 2nd stint as Raiders HC then Lynch needs to be gone. And the Raiders also need to jettison Penn.

  10. I’d love to have been a fly on the wall in that meeting. Gruden would ask Lynch questions and Lynch would just sit there staring at him. And then Gruden would go into his your’re the best ever act….

  11. He was a big part of that 25th ranked Rushing offense last year. Definitely need to keep him!

  12. To everyone saying the hate on Marshawn is coming from his support of Kap or his protesting during the national anthem. HE WAS NEVER PROTESTING. Dude has been sitting for the anthem since he was drafted by Buffalo. The media twisted into something it wasn’t and most of you (including the president) fell for it.
    Quote from Marshawn… “This is something I’ve done for 11 years. It’s not a form of anything other than me being myself.”

  13. It’s hard to run when you’re getting hit in the backfield as soon as you get the handoff. The offensive line was awful.

  14. It’s pretty clear on what the rules are. All you’ve got to do is read ’em.”
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    I’d be careful if I were Gruden. Brady once made a similar comment and the league was so offended they decided to frame him and convince the world that footballs don’t deflate in cold and rainy weather.

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