Marshawn's mom: 'Town is buzzing' over Lynch possibly joining Raiders

Marshawn's mom: 'Town is buzzing' over Lynch possibly joining Raiders

Raiders fans are giddy over the prospect of Marshawn Lynch playing in silver and black. The proud Oakland native met with Raiders brass on Wednesday, and reportedly said he’s ready to come out of retirement and play professional football again.

If he actually applies for reinstatement, it would be to play for his hometown team.

The enigmatic running back doesn’t say much in public, leaving fans to mine for clues about Marshwan’s career outlook.

His mother Delisa Lynch was asked about Marshawn’s plans Thursday on SiriusXM NFL Radio. While she didn’t spill any beans, she said there’s an excitement in Oakland about Marshawn playing for her favorite team.

“Oakland is home for me,” she said. “I’m from (Oakland Tech High). The Bay Area is where I was born and raised, so I’ve always been a Bay Area girl. I’m a Raider girl. You tell me how I should feel if it does happen?”

Raiders fans are excited about a hometown product, someone who champions Oakland at every turn, coming to play in last few years before the team ships off to Las Vegas.

“The town is buzzing and everybody’s loving it, and I am too,” Delisa Lynch said.

Lynch already has Raiders ties beyond where she grew up. Her brother Lorenzo Lynch played two seasons with the Raiders in 1996 and 1997, at the end of a 10-year career.

Could Marshawn be the second Lynch to play for the Raiders? Fans have gleaned hope from his Beastmode clothing line, which just debuted a “Silver and Black collection” featuring the Beastmode logo on a football helmet, with Oakland prominently featured.

If Lynch ultimate applies for reinstatement to the NFL, the Raiders must acquire his rights from Seattle – he’s on the Seahawks’ reserve-retired list and technically still under contract – and negotiate a new deal with the Raiders. The process could be slow as parties make sure a union is best for all sides.

Aldon Smith back in custody after police say he violated restraining order


Aldon Smith back in custody after police say he violated restraining order

SAN FRANCISCO — Former Oakland Raiders player Aldon Smith surrendered to police Friday on charges he violated a domestic violence restraining order.

San Francisco police said the 28-year-old Smith turned himself and was booked on three misdemeanor charges of violating a court order to stay away from a domestic violence victim.

Earlier this month, Smith pleaded not guilty to domestic violence and other charges and a judge issued a protective order prohibiting him from contacting the victim.

Police said Smith violated the restraining order earlier this week.

Smith’s attorney, Joshua Bentley, did not return a voicemail message from The Associated Press seeking comment.

The Raiders released the linebacker days after his arrest on the domestic violence charges.

He had been on the suspended list since late 2015 for violating the NFL’s policy on substance abuse.

Raiders retain E.J. Manuel, now have four QBs on the roster


Raiders retain E.J. Manuel, now have four QBs on the roster

The Raiders have a lot of quarterbacks under contract, certainly more than they’ll have come September.

That means the battle to be Derek Carr’s backup should be fierce. EJ Manuel had that title last year, with a shot to retain it after re-signing with the club on Thursday afternoon.

Veteran Josh Johnson signed up Monday, and those two will join third-year man Connor Cook behind Carr on the depth chart.

New head coach Jon Gruden loved Cook coming out of the draft, but the Michigan State alum failed to earn the backup job last season and must make a move up the depth chart to kickstart his career.

Manuel has a strong arm and starting experience, making him a steady and solid backup option. He completed 24-of-43 passes for 265 yards, a touchdown and an interception in two games when Carr was hurt.

Johnson might be a camp arm at this point, though he’ll be given a chance to compete this spring and summer.

Carr has been hurt for at least a small stretch in each of the last two seasons. Having Manuel in that spot might offer stability.

Gruden addressed last year’s backup quarterbacks last month at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Gruden on Manuel: “I think EJ is a young, talented guy,” Gruden said. “He’s been in the facility working out on his own every day. There is a bright upside to him, too, as a young quarterback to keep working with. He’s a free agent, but the Philadelphia Eagles proved that’s a pretty damn important position, isn’t it? Right? So we have to address that and see where we are.”

Gruden on Cook: “I am kind of surprised Connor hasn’t played in two years, other than the playoff game he got in as a rookie. After Derek got hurt last year, they turned the ball to EJ. I don’t know where Connor Cook is. I am frustrated right now that I can’t spend any time with him, but, April 9th (when the Raiders offeseason program starts) will be an exciting day for me and Connor Cook.”