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Author: Jon Kuzma
Marshawn Lynch recently met with Jack Del Rio and shortly after that meeting Lynch decided that he will indeed come out of retirement. That should tell you all you need to know about how that meeting went and the rumors of Marshawn Lynch unretiring were true in the end. Lynch is 30 years old so it’s very possible he can churn out a couple of successful seasons but keep in mind most running backs slow down at the 30 year old mark. It will be interesting to see if Lynch can handle being older than 30 and if anyone can do it it’s Marshawn Lynch. This guy was one of the best running backs in all of football before sitting out the 2016 season. Lynch is a 5 time Pro Bowler and has 74 career rushing touchdowns. If the Raiders wants a guy that can take pressure off of Derek Carr and help replace Latavius Murray Marshawn Lynch is certainly that guy and this will be a great addition for Oakland. Seattle seemed to alienate Lynch somehow and that was clear in Lynch’s abrupt retirement. However the opportunity of playing for his hometown Raiders was too good of an opportunity for Lynch to pass up on. Lynch only had 417 yards and 3 touchdowns in his last season of action. Keep in mind though Lynch was hurt for most of that year with a sports hernia and a hamstring injury. Some time away from the game should have allowed Lynch’s body to heal a little bit and that means beast mode has a chance to come back fresh. A well rested Marshawn Lynch who isn’t fatigued in any way has the potential to be a dangerous player for the Raiders. That’s because Marshawn Lynch has had to time to relax not only physically but mentally as well. Putting your mind at ease will allow you to recharge your batteries and Marshawn Lynch has a chance to really do something special in Oakland. To be honest his situation is one of the best “hometown hero” stories in sports right now.