The Oakland Raiders have a knack for making waves in the media this offseason. After filing and being granted permission to move to Las Vegas, the team was also in the mix to land former Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch. After weeks of back and forth between the two parties, Lynch is apparently coming back to play for his hometown team.
After news of the deal broke, Lynch took to Twitter to express his feelings about returning to the NFL:
It's time. pic.twitter.com/sgIQgZlkVM
— Shawn Lynch (@MoneyLynch) April 26, 2017
Born and raised in Oakland, Lynch coming out of retirement to play for the Raiders is all too perfect. On a team that is heavily favored to make a postseason run, Lynch will have the opportunity to show pundits and fans alike that he can still be an impact player. The 31-year-old running back has plenty of question marks, such as health and level of play, but is a worthy gamble considering the Raiders currently have no clear starting running back on the roster.
While there are still a couple of steps for Lynch to complete before officially becoming a Raider, the team at least knows they have one less position of need on the roster for the foreseeable future. Lynch has not played since 2015, but the terms of his contract give the team flexibility in the event that the move does not pan out. Despite all the what-ifs, bringing Lynch home was the right move for the Raiders and it makes the 2017 NFL season that much more entertaining.