The Oakland Raiders and Marshawn Lynch seemed like a pairing that should've happened a long time ago. Lynch is an Oakland native that absolutely adores his hometown and the Raiders have always seemed to be a perfect fit for the controversial running back.
Now, after more than a decade of despair for the franchise, and being retired for a year, the Raiders are a title contender with an opening at running back and Lynch is ready to finally wear the silver and black in Oakland.
Unfortunately, despite what seems to be an inevitable pairing, Lynch is still not a Raider after he told the team he intends to un-retire and wants to join them. NFL Insider Ian Rapoport gave some insight on a deadline for getting a deal done between the two sides, via NFL.com:
"Right now, there's no agreement between Marshawn Lynch and the Oakland Raiders, and the real deadline here -- they hoped to have it done by yesterday when offseason conditioning started, didn't happen -- the real deadline here is the draft," Rapoport said. "Because it is possible that the Raiders get on the clock Thursday night or Friday, and say 'Alright, we're going to take this running back. He has a value here for us. We're just going to take the leap.' And once they take a running back, it probably will close the door on Marshawn Lynch."
Last month, the Raiders brass let one-time Pro Bowler Latavius Murray walk in NFL free agency. Murray agreed to a deal with the Minnesota Vikings to replace longtime ball carrier, Adrian Peterson.
With Murray gone, the team is looking for a feature back, and Lynch fits the bill in the short term. Peterson is also another possibility, but as Rapoport suggested, the Raiders could look to a deep draft class at the position to bring in another running back if a deal can't be made to bring in Lynch.
Currently, the team has a decent duo of backs in Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington. Although these two played well last season sharing carries with Murray, the Raiders are in win-now mode and could use a proven veteran like Lynch or Peterson. The asking price for Lynch might be a little high at present much like it probably is for Peterson, who remains without a team well into the free agency period.