Oakland, California – The last time we saw running back Marshawn Lynch on the football field was in one of the most famous plays in Super Bowl history, the run that should have been a pass. Less then a week later he posted this photo; he was retiring.
The Oakland Raiders had one of the better rushing attacks in the NFL as they used a 3 man rotation of Latavius Murray, DeAndre Washington, and Jalen Richard. However, their leading rusher from 2016 has now jumped ship to Minnesota, signing a deal with the Vikings. Even though twenty NFL teams had a leading rusher who ran for more yardage than Murray last season, the loss of him immediately puts them into play for one of the worst rushing attacks in the league. Important to note, the Raiders have one of the best passing attacks, offensive line, and defense in the NFL. If the Raiders did chose to not go with Lynch, this is a very strong 2017 draft class within the running back position and the Raiders, likewise to the Cowboys, have been built primarily built through the draft with Derek Carr, Amari Cooper, Khalil Mack, and company.
On top of that, the team just announced that they are moving from Oakland to Las Vegas in the next few seasons. Besides a few years in Los Angeles, the Raiders have been in Oakland since 1960. Also to note: Marshawn Lynch is from Oakland, California. This is a fan base that is largely outraged and upset by the news, and signing a hometown Oakland boy in Beast Mode is something that can kill a few birds in one stone by easing the wound of the moving to Las Vegas, filling a major need of the running back position on a Super Bowl contending ready team, and also creating some excitement for the Raiders as they start their journey in Vegas.
Marshawn Lynch has rushed for 9,112 yards and 74 touchdowns in 127 career NFL games. He is a 5x Pro Bowl athlete and a Super Bowl champion who definitely brings it in when the spotlight is on. #BeastMode
Published by: Nicco Vocaturo