Jack Del Rio Says There's Every Indication Marshawn Lynch Wants to Join Raiders

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistApril 21, 2017

INGLEWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 02:  NFL player Marshawn Lynch attends The Ultimate Fan Experience, Call Of Duty XP 2016 presented by Activision at The Forum on September 2, 2016 in Inglewood, California.  (Photo by Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for Activision)
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Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio believes running back Marshawn Lynch is "excited" to join the organization if a trade can get worked out with the Seattle Seahawks.

Del Rio, who met with Lynch about potentially joining the Raiders, came away from the conversation with an overwhelmingly positive vibe, per Vic Tafur‏ of the San Francisco Chronicle.

"Every indication he was excited to play for the Oakland Raiders," the coach said.

It's not an open-ended invitation to join the roster, though.

According to Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said he's looking to reach a conclusion about whether a trade with the Seahawks for the veteran rusher is possible sometime over the next week.

"At some point, you'd like to know," he said. "Prior to the draft is that point."

Those comments fall in line with a report from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, who said the Raiders would look to fill their need for a power back in the draft if a Lynch deal isn't made.

Meanwhile, Michael Silver of NFL.com reported last week the Raiders and Lynch came to terms on a contract to put in place following a trade. That's remained unconfirmed, though.

It's unlikely Leonard Fournette, the draft class' top power running back, will be available when Oakland goes on the clock with the 24th pick in Round 1. Oklahoma's Samaje Perine and Texas' D'Onta Foreman are options who should be there in the middle rounds.

It seems the Raiders will have their backfield situation sorted out one way or another when the draft, which begins April 27, reaches its conclusion April 29.

 

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