Four reasons why the Raiders should stay away from Marshawn Lynch
If you haven’t heard by now, Marshawn Lynch wants to come out of retirement to play for his hometown team, the Oakland Raiders. While this news has garnered a lot of attention and has a lot of people clamoring for a Raiders Super Bowl run, there’s one thing people seem to be forgetting…what makes you believe Marshawn Lynch can still play?
I love how the Raiders have constructed their roster—they have a franchise QB, solid weapons on the outside, an offensive line to protect all of the above and an up-and-coming defense with weapons on all levels. Yes, they lost Latavius Murray this off-season and do not have a true workhorse back on the roster but why trade assets for Lynch? Here are four reasons why the Raiders are making a mistake…
Lynch is going to turn 31 in a few days. How many 30+ running backs are successful in the NFL? I could argue zero are successful. AP can’t find a job because NFL teams know as soon as you hit thirty years of age, you are useless in the NFL. Especially Lynch, who has taken his fair share of abuse throughout his career.
I don’t know if people have forgotten, but Lynch could not stay healthy his last season in Seattle, only starting six games due to various injuries from his abdomen to his back, throw in some ankle injuries—they all add up. I understand he took one year off to recuperate, but does one year off from football really help? Sure, he might feel better now, but as soon as he hits the field his body won’t care if it had a year off or not. So if the Raiders pull the trigger and get Lynch and he goes down Week 3 due to injury—what now?
This one is somewhat unknown. Who knows what the Raiders will give up to acquire Lynch from the Seahawks but it has to be something. To me, any type of draft pick compensation isn’t worth it. I hope Reggie McKenzie is smart enough to know that he shouldn’t give up anything to acquire Lynch—and on top of it all, you still have to pay Lynch! Sorry Oakland, but he won’t be playing for the minimum, that I can guarantee.
This is the deepest running back draft in over a decade. You can literally find three-down starting caliber running backs on Day 3 of this year’s draft. Why pay and acquire a 31 year old? No clue. The Raiders drafted DeAndre Washington last season and while the jury is still out, pair him up with another young stud in this year’s draft and you can build on that foundation for years, not just the one year Lynch will attempt to give you.
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