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Reports: Raiders strongly considering acquiring Marshawn Lynch

Reports: Raiders strongly considering acquiring Marshawn Lynch

The Raiders are reportedly trying to coax Marshawn Lynch out of retirement and into silver and black.

ESPN filed a story early Friday morning stating the Raiders were interested in adding Lynch to a potent offense in need of a powerful rusher, and that the player has considered coming out of retirement.

Reciprocal interest alone won’t make this happen. The Seattle Seahawks still have Lynch’s rights. The Oakland native and Cal alum signed a contract extension in the 2015 offseason that would keep him under Seahawks control through 2018. If he unretired, it would be under the terms of a deal that planned to pay him $9 million.

The Raiders would have to acquire him in trade or Seattle would have to release him before a new deal with the Raiders could be reached. Seattle doesn't have much cap space remaining with other free agent needs and draft picks to pay, so ESPN reports a release seems likely if Lynch comes out of retirement. 

Greg Papa cryptically mentioned the prospect of a Raiders-Lynch union on Wednesday during his afternoon radio show on 95.7-The Game. Papa, a longtime radio voice of the Raiders and an employee of CSN Bay Area, would not name Lynch, only to say the Raiders were talking to a running back that “did not play in the NFL last year.”

That led to rampant speculation about Lynch coming out of a year’s retirement to play for a Raiders team he adored as an Oakland youth. He is incredibly loyal to his hometown and promotes it at every turn.

Lynch has previously stated that he would remain retired despite persistent questions about a return. He has been active since leaving the NFL, guest starring on television shows, traveling the world and starting his own Beast Mode apparel line.

Despite those facts, ESPN cited a source Friday morning that said a Raiders union, “could really happen.” Pro Football Talk chimed in a few hours later with an unnamed source who said there’s a “very good chance” Lynch ends his retirement.

Lynch turns 31 in April. He had 9,112 rushing yards and 72 touchdowns in 10 NFL seasons. He struggled with injury in his final season, playing just seven games in 2015.

The Seahawks signed running back Eddie Lacy last week to be their primary rusher.

Raiders punter Marquette King fired off an interesting tweet after the news came out. 

"Yooo @MoneyLynch when you come to the @RAIDERS I expect you to carry my pads after practice," he wrote.

Rashaan Melvin says he cheated Raiders fans during season with the team

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Rashaan Melvin says he cheated Raiders fans during season with the team

Rashaan Melvin said his goodbyes to the Raiders after the Lions announced a deal that would bring the cornerback to the team.

But Melvin's farewell to the Silver and Black was a bit of a sad one. Melvin said he felt as though he cheated the fans:

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Im thankful for every opportunity God has placed in my life. We all must go through some things to get to what is actually meant for us. I greatly appreciate the Oakland organization for giving me the opportunity to further my career this past season. I respect the raiders organization, I respect the tradition, and I respect the die hard fans that has and will forever believe in raider nation. I feel like I cheated the fans, and organization, and a long list of players that came before me that made the organization what it is. It was always a life time dream of mine to wear the silver and black. It really hurt me that I wasn’t able to be myself, and play the style of play that I know I was capable of playing. To all my guys in that locker room I appreciate you guys for making the year special through everything. I cherish the relationships that were created on and off the field. I respect you guys, and I wish you boy’s the best!! Y’all ball out for the City of Oakland 1 more time or for however long y’all there! Respect!! #22 #raidernation ✊🏾✊🏾

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This, of course, appeared to be more of him not feeling as though he played to his potential. Playing for the Raiders had been a dream of his.

Melvin only started in seven games last season which could be partly why he's feeling the way he's feeling. 

"To all my guys in the locker room, I appreciate you guys for making the year special through everything."

'Stop playing:' Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown takes jab at Bills

'Stop playing:' Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown takes jab at Bills

Antonio Brown is now a member of the Raiders -- which means he is not going to play for the Bills despite some strange rumors he would be Buffalo-bound.

So, naturally, Brown made sure to put a reaction on Instagram to double-down on this:

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Stop playing #FakeNews #Historical

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"Stop playing."

This is in addition to him saying it was "Fake news" at the beginning of the month: 

And anything sports-related and bring Drake into the mix is very much appreciated.

It appears Brown is more than happy with his decision to sport silver and black.