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Love of Oakland could keep Marshawn Lynch away from Raiders

Love of Oakland could keep Marshawn Lynch away from Raiders

The Seattle Seahawks still hold the rights to the retired back, and would either have to trade him or release him for Oakland to acquire him.

Lynch, who attended Oakland Tech, has strong ties to his hometown and playing for the Raiders could influence his decision to come out of retirement, ESPN reported. The front office didn't put a lot of effort into re-signing Murray but did get linked to Pro Bowl running backs like Adrian Peterson and Jamaal Charles.

Sources tell ESPN's Adam Caplan Lynch has told people his dream is to play for the Raiders.

The Raiders might be calling Lynch's bluff. During an interview with 60 Minutes Sports, he said, "I'm retired".

If he stays retired, Lynch will finish his nine-year National Football League career with 9,112 rushing yards and 74 touchdowns in 127 games, and another 1,979 receiving yards and nine TDs.

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While having Lynch in their backfield would certainly make them Super Bowl contenders in the AFC, there's one reason the Raiders may want to avoid Lynch, and that reason is this movie he tried to make.

The downside is that Lynch will be 31 next month and his last season was marred by injury and ineffectiveness. "I'm done. I'm not playing football anymore".

Lynch, who is originally from Oakland, was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 2007, and played his final five seasons with the Seattle Seahawks.

Lynch is from Oakland and spent his college career at the University of California, Berkeley. The Seahawks still own Lynch's rights, so he would have to be traded or released for that to happen. The Seahawks signed their Lynch replacement Tuesday (March 14), bringing in former Green Bay Packer, Eddie Lacy on a one year deal.


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