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Author: Jon Kuzma
Last year when Marshawn Lynch returned to football there was a little bit of rust at the beginning of the season. Then in the final half of 2017 Lynch turned things around and was running like we were used to seeing him in the past. All of that set Marshawn Lynch up for what would be a successful first three weeks of the 2018 season. Lynch has rushed for 170 yards and 3 touchdowns up to this point and that’s been one of the lone bright spots for Oakland. The Jon Gruden era hasn’t got off to a great start but give Lynch credit for proving that he’ll still do his job no matter what the circumstances are. Gruden and Lynch’s styles seem like they would clash but so far there hasn’t been any public spats or anything like. Instead it seems like Derek Carr is growing frustrated with his coach and that means Lynch is even more valuable. Marshawn Lynch has a chance to be the one constant for this football team and everyone already looks at this guy like an “A list celebrity” because of his impressive track record. The Raiders might tank but Marshawn Lynch is only adding to his legacy by racking up stats and proving that he’s still a beast on the field. We’re at the point where Lynch could honestly extend his career for three or four more years because he still has a lot of gas left in the tank. Therefore Lynch might have another shot at a big pay day. The 5x Pro Bowler’s contract is over at the end of this year. Right now Marshawn Lynch has been so good that Oakland has no choice but to re-sign him. Letting Lynch go would be the nail in the coffin for Gruden and the black hole would tear down the Oakland Alameda Coliseum if that were to happen. The truth is it doesn’t really matter someone will sign Marshawn Lynch and there will probably be another $5M dollars coming his way.
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Marshawn Lynch is holding the Raiders team together. If you take him out of the equation Oakland is done for.