Raiders Rumors: Marshawn Lynch to Retire, 'Not Planning' on NFL Return

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistApril 24, 2019

Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch leaves the field after the first half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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Running back Marshawn Lynch is reportedly not planning to resume his NFL career, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The 33-year-old Lynch, who is a free agent, spent the past two seasons playing for his hometown Oakland Raiders after coming out of retirement.

Lynch was limited to just six games last season because of a groin injury that landed him on injured reserve.

Prior to being lost for the season, Lynch was fairly productive with 376 rushing yards and three touchdowns through six games. He also enjoyed a decent year in 2017 with 891 yards and seven touchdowns over 15 contests.

An injury-riddled campaign in 2015 with the Seattle Seahawks that saw him limited to 417 yards in seven games led to his first retirement.

Lynch had a great run in Seattle with four Pro Bowl nods and one First Team All-Pro selection in parts of six seasons. He also rushed for 1,200 or more yards and 11 or more touchdowns in four straight seasons from 2011 to 2014.

Beast Mode made it to two Super Bowls and was victorious in one of them, although it is widely believed that the Seahawks would have won another had they handed the ball to Lynch in the waning moments of Super Bowl XLIX rather than having quarterback Russell Wilson throw it, as he was intercepted on the goal line to preserve the win for the New England Patriots.

Before joining Seattle in a trade, Lynch spent parts of four seasons with the Buffalo Bills after they took him with the No. 12 overall selection in the 2007 NFL draft out of California. He had two 1,000-yard seasons and one Pro Bowl selection with Buffalo before hitting his stride in Seattle.

Lynch may not quite be at a Hall of Fame level since his 10,379 career rushing yards rank 29th all time and his 84 rushing touchdowns are 16th, but he was undoubtedly among the top running backs of his era.

If Lynch does decide to hang up his cleats one final time rather than re-signing with the Raiders, Oakland will enter the draft with Isaiah Crowell and Jalen Richard as its top running backs. With three first-round picks at their disposal, the Raiders could make running back a priority.