Marshawn Lynch says he’ll play in 2019 “if it works out”

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Marshawn Lynch will be a free agent in two months, meaning he doesn’t have a team. The place he wants to play, his hometown of Oakland, might not have a team, either. But that doesn’t mean Lynch is sure to retire.

Lynch said on Real Time with Bill Maher that he’s open to playing in 2019, under the right circumstances.

“If it works out that way then I will,” Lynch said.

The 32-year-old Lynch played well enough before getting hurt in 2018 that he’s likely to have some offers if he wants to play again. But Lynch previously said he only wanted to play in Oakland, and that opportunity may not be available. So it remains to be seen whether it will work out, or whether Beast Mode has played his last NFL game.

25 responses to “Marshawn Lynch says he’ll play in 2019 “if it works out”

  1. Usually in the NFL running backs aren’t even looked at after they turn 30, maybe even younger. With the shape he’s in, and the lack of use the last three years, he may be any exception to that rule. One problem for him is that the league is addicted to passing the football now. Old-school runners like him, whose usefulness increases with use, are less and less popular. I hope he comes back, though, because I love to watch him run. Some of his decisions can be head-scratchers at times, but he’s never been a problem in the locker room. Good luck BeastMode, I love to watch you play!!!

  2. I get love for the game but I don’t get why this guy still plays. Marshawn has actually been very smart with his money throughout his career and made good investments so it’s not like he’s broke.

  3. Lynch is a team cancer. It’s no coincidence that when Son-of-Al inflicted Lynch on the team as a publicity stunt the Raiders went from 12-4 to 6-10 (of course the replacement of Musgrave by Downing was also a major factor).

    I would say that having Lynch return in 2019 ruins the Raiders chances of being competitive but realistically it makes little difference at this point since Gruden has wrecked the roster to such an extent that another 4 win (or less) season is likely in any case.

  4. “The 32-year-old Lynch played well enough before getting hurt in 2018”
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    In 5 of his 6 games this year he averaged only 3.5 yards a carry. That is not close to being “well enough” in the NFL. No, he’s done.

  5. Great player in his prime but since the SB 4 years ago when an injured Hightower still stuffed him at the line, he’s had one decent season, one missed/retired, and two part-dinged-up years. Yes, great for a while before he got hurt again in 2018 but that’s the problem with ageing RBs. Few will want him in 2019 – not a contender anyways (I can just see some bad team thinking about it for hyping jersey/seat sales if Lynch will play for pennies).

  6. akira1971 says:
    January 19, 2019 at 8:59 am

    “The 32-year-old Lynch played well enough before getting hurt in 2018”
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    In 5 of his 6 games this year he averaged only 3.5 yards a carry. That is not close to being “well enough” in the NFL. No, he’s done

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    Take a look at his yards after contact. Lynch was hit at or behind the line almost every time. He turned many stuffed runs into 3-4 yard gains.

  7. Raiders will indeed play their last year somewhere in the Bay Area in 2019, and next year’s team will have Marshawn Lynch as their running back… it’s just too good for Gruden to pass up. This was the one place where Marshawn was motivated to lead the team he grew up loving…

  8. The Raiders have problems. The projection is the offensive line is one of the best in the league, but they can’t run block pass Pro tect. They do nothing well

  9. I’m a chiefs fan and I don’t even hate the guy. He’s a real person in a sport of robots. He’s refreshing, I don’t even care if he signs with the raiders he’s good for the NFL.

  10. It will probably be something like this: 1 team will have a league minimum offer for a veteran RB and call up Lynch and Peterson. First one to say “yes” to 1 year with no signing bonus gets it and the other one stays on the couch.

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