Report: Raiders expected to trade for Lynch if new deal is reached

Report: Raiders expected to trade for Lynch if new deal is reached

The Raiders received permission to speak with running back Marshawn Lynch earlier this month, and hosted the Oakland native at their Alameda training complex.

It’s been a slow process heating up of late, with Seattle reportedly giving Lynch permission to renegotiate a new deal with the Raiders. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that news on Thursday morning, stating the Raiders are expected to trade for Lynch if they can work out a new pact.

Lynch had two years left on a big-money contract extension when he left the NFL following the 2015 season. Now he’s angling towards a comeback with his hometown team.

He’s scheduled to make $9 million upon return based on his current Seahawks contract, a sum Seattle couldn’t afford if he applied for reinstatement. The Raiders wouldn’t be willing to pay that either, creating the need for a new deal. It'll likely be a shorter-term contract with incentives based on games played and production.

If the Raiders agreed on new terms with Lynch and a trade is executed, NFL Network reports that Lynch wouldn’t have to formally apply for reinstatement.

Note the conditional phrases above. That means a Raiders-Lynch reunion ultimately remains uncertain, even if it's likely at this stage.

Seahawks general manager John Schneider told ESPN Radio 710 AM in Seattle last week that proceedings between the Seahawks and Raiders would be smooth given his relationship with Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie. The pair grew close during a long tenure in Green Bay.

It’s hard to imagine the Raiders giving up anything substantial for Lynch. The Raiders might give up a conditional later-round pick to secure Lynch’s rights if a new deal is agreed upon.

The Raiders could certainly use a powerful rusher like Lynch to pair with younger, smaller backs Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington.

Lynch visited the Raiders facility on April 5. His interactions with team brass, including head coach Jack Del Rio, were encouraging for both sides.

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.”

Raiders sign tackle Breno Giacomini


Raiders sign tackle Breno Giacomini

The Raiders need help at right tackle, the lone vacancy along their offensive line. They signed a veteran presence on Thursday afternoon, adding 32-year old Breno Giacomini as the frontrunner to join the starting five.

He has 86 starts in 94 career games, and has been a full-time starter three of the last four years. Giacomini spent 2017 in Houston and the previous three seasons with the New York Jets.

He was a Seattle Seahawk before that, working with Raiders offensive line coach Tom Cable for three of his four years there. Cable gave Giacomini his first chance to start in the second half of 2011, and held the post through 2012.

The bond between the two is clearly strong, considering what Giacomini tweeted shortly after Cable got fired in Seattle.

Coach and player will reunite, hoping to provide steadiness on the right side of the Raiders offensive line.

He’ll compete for a starting spot with Vadal Alexander, second-year pros David Sharpe and Jylan Ware and possibly a drafted player. Giacomini should be considered the favorite unless the Raiders use an early pick on an offensive lineman.

Giacomini has plenty of starts, but his Pro Football Focus numbers aren’t pretty. The analytics says he allowed nine sacks, eight quarterback hits and 64 pressures with Houston last year. He had some decent years under Cable, and a return to that form might push him into the starting lineup for good. Time will tell on that front.