Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch is reportedly planning to retire — again.
“After two seasons playing for his hometown Oakland Raiders, Marshawn Lynch is not planning to play football again, league sources tell ESPN,” ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted Wednesday morning.
After two seasons playing for his hometown Oakland Raiders, Marshawn Lynch is not planning to play football again, league sources tell ESPN.
Now, with the three-day draft kicking off Thursday night in Nashville, the Raiders have one more potential need to address: running back.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 24, 2019
Lynch, 33, has spent the past two years with the Raiders. He came out of retirement to sign a two-year, $9 million contract with Oakland, his hometown team, in 2017.
Lynch’s first retirement came in February 2016. He announced his retirement via Twitter with a picture of cleats hanging over a telephone line.
He retired for a year then signed with the Raiders in April 2017.
His tenure with the Raiders was marred by injuries. In 2017, Lynch played in 15 games and rushed for 891 yards on 4.3 yards per carry. He also had 20 receptions for 151 yards.
In 2018, Lynch only played in six games due to a groin injury. He had 376 yards on 4.2 yards per carry with 15 receptions for 84 yards.
He was also involved in controversy by sitting for the national anthem.
Lynch became an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2018 season and remains unsigned.
If he does retire for good, Lynch, nicknamed “Beast Mode” for his bruising style of running, is a likely Hall of Famer. He has amassed 10,379 yards rushing in his 12-year career, which ranks 29th on the all-time list.
The most Beast Mode run of Marshawn Lynch’s career will never get old. pic.twitter.com/PNTT4K0KGy
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) April 24, 2019
He has 84 rushing touchdowns, which is 16th all-time.
His best years were with Seattle, where he played from 2010-2015. He played on two Super Bowl teams, including the team that won Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014. The Seahawks lost in the Super Bowl to the New England Patriots the following year.
Marshawn Lynch simply had the best runs in NFL history, his legacy won’t be forgotten. pic.twitter.com/i2Fx2PH04g
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) April 24, 2019
Lynch, a first-round pick out of Cal-Berkeley in 2007 by the Buffalo Bills, made five Pro Bowls and was named first-team All-Pro in 2012. That year he rushed for 1,590 yards on 5 yards per carry with 11 touchdowns.
The Raiders have the 4th, 24th, and 27th picks in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, which starts Thursday.
With Lynch’s reported retirement, it will be interesting to see if they use one of those picks on a running back.
Some mock drafts have the Raiders taking Alabama running back Josh Jacobs at No. 24.
Currently, the Raiders backfield consists of Jalen Richard, Isaiah Crowell, DeAndre Washington, and Chris Warren.
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