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NFL rumors: Marshawn Lynch asked AAF for $5K in quarters for interview

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NFL rumors: Marshawn Lynch asked AAF for $5K in quarters for interview

A lot of people were shocked when the Alliance of American Football went defunct after only a few months.

While some might have been stunned the league ran out of money and shuddered so soon, Marshawn Lynch probably wasn't one of those people.

Rumors have floated about the startup football league's ineptitude with money and their desperation for star power. The league tried to woo Tim Tebow and reportedly had interest in signing Colin Kaepernick, both to no avail.

They did, however, secure an interview with Lynch. But it cost them a pretty ... well, a lot of quarters.

Confused? This story from Sports Illustrated's Connor Orr should clear things up.

Via SI:

Another story that spread far across the AAF offices has Marshawn Lynch crashing the league’s quarterback draft last November at the Luxor casino in Las Vegas. According to one employee, Lynch, whose cousin Josh Johnson was the first pick in that draft, and who is notoriously media-averse, agreed to do a two-minute interview for the Alliance at that event in exchange for $5,000. But when a check was presented to Lynch, he asked that his money be delivered instead in quarters—which AAF co-founder Charlie Ebersol took seriously. In the end, 20,000 quarters were delivered to Lynch’s room and the interview apparently took place . . . but no one ever saw it. It didn’t air.

*facepalm*

[RELATED: Marshawn could return to Raiders if team wants him]

Orr did unearth a small clip from the interview. There is an NSFW warning for brief language.

Now, we really need to see the type of interview 20,000 quarters buys you.

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Moving trucks arrived on Monday to the Intermountain Healthcare Performance Center, the new headquarters, from the previous facility in Alameda, Calif.

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