Former Pro Bowl running back Marshawn Lynch, who played the past two NFL seasons for his hometown Raiders, isn’t planning on playing football again, ESPN.com reported Wednesday, citing unidentified NFL sources.
After two seasons playing for his hometown Oakland Raiders, Marshawn Lynch is not planning to play football again, league sources tell ESPN.
Now, with the three-day draft kicking off Thursday night in Nashville, the Raiders have one more potential need to address: running back.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 24, 2019
Lynch, who turned 33 on Monday and is not under contract for 2019, has stepped away from the game before.
He starred with the Seahawks from 2011 to 2014, rushing for more than 1,000 yards in all four Skittles-fueled seasons but announced his retirement on Super Bowl Sunday in February 2016 following a mercurial 2015 NFL season in which he played in only seven games in 2015. He underwent sports hernia surgery that year and, when expected to make his return in the playoffs, opted instead to stay in Seattle as the Seahawks beat the Vikings. Though he returned the next week in an NFC championship loss to the Panthers, his relationship with the team appeared damaged.
After sitting out the 2016 season, he was traded to the Raiders in April 2017. In two seasons with Oakland, he rushed for 1,276 yards and 10 TDs, but, more important, he was considered a hometown hero for a team that while he was there announced its plans to move to Las Vegas.
Over 12 NFL seasons with three teams — he was drafted by the Bills, who traded him to Seattle — he has rushed 2,441 times for 10,379 yards and 84 touchdowns. He also has 287 receptions for 2,214 yards and nine TDs.
The Raiders added free-agent running back Isaiah Crowell this offseason to a depth chart that also includes Jalen Richard, DeAndre Washington and Chris Warren at running back. The NFL Draft, beginning Thursday, also could offer the Raiders some value opportunities on days 2 and 3.