Report: Marshawn Lynch would return if Raiders called

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The Raiders drafted running back Josh Jacobs in the first round, and after veteran Isaiah Crowell tore his Achilles this week, the team reportedly is bringing back veteran Doug Martin.

Does that close the door on a return by Marshawn Lynch?

A report last week indicated Lynch is not planning to play again. But Steve Wyche of NFL Media reports that Lynch would return if the Raiders called.

The Raiders said they would revisit Lynch’s future after the draft, but they now appear to have a crowded running back room with Jacobs, Martin, Jalen Richard, DeAndre Washington and Chris Warren.

If Oakland is inclined to consider re-signing Lynch, he likely would have to agree to a limited role. Jacobs will start and get the bulk of the carries.

Lynch, 33, spent the past two seasons suiting up for his hometown team. He played only six games in 2018 because of a core muscle injury.

Lynch and Martin combined for 262 carries for 1,099 yards and seven touchdowns last season.

18 responses to “Report: Marshawn Lynch would return if Raiders called

  1. I’d be fine with it. Have him compete with Doug Martin, put him in with the lead in the 4th quarter to close out games.

  2. Very interesting… So the questions to be asked are the Raiders giving his groin more time to heal with plans to bring him in in a couple months? Or shunning him? Hoping it’s not the latter. As that wouldn’t be a good look after all the “Marshawn is always welcome here” talk.

  3. Not gonna happen, they’re rolling with Jacobs, Richard and Martin, the other runners will get time if any of the former go down.

  4. Doug fumble martin or Beast Mode. He never had a problem sharing the Rock, bring him back. he doesnt have to be the every down back.

  5. Is there a Raider fan on the planet that would prefer Doug Martin over Marshawn Lynch???

  6. Fill the running back stable. Competition is always good and the injury bug is always one play away. Jacobs will be the workhorse, and still have promise in Chris Warren II if he can recover.

  7. Beast obviously didn’t retire. I’m convinced the Raiders floated that prior to the draft so Raider Nation would be more comfortable moving on with a new RB (and they had targeted Jacobs throughout the draft process). Even gave #24 to rookie S Johnathan Abram.

    Martin played OK last year and Lynch can be a… personality (and probably 3x as expensive as Doug) but I think this is a perfect storm to bring him back.

  8. Makes sense to let lynch know to stay in shape. But more than likely he would be cut anyway at 53. Too many other players need to be signed.

    Who knows what preseason will bring though

  9. What’s wrong with this damn phone. I know they must have called by now. Oh wait, yea this is a bad reception area.

  10. Lynch says he won’t come back until they put LIME back in the Skittles bag. Green Apple? What the heck!?!?

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