Raiders News: Marshawn Lynch Visited Oakland’s Facility Wednesday

The Oakland Raiders are currently looking to fill the vacancy at running back left by starter Latavius Murray leaving for the Minnesota Vikings in free agency.

The replacement for Murray could be an in-house replacement, as last season general manager Reggie McKenzie and the Raiders coaching staff were very high on rookies DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard.

But with their inexperience it is more likely that the Raiders bring in a veteran running back to be the power back that Murray was in his tenure with the Raiders.

The main candidates that the Raiders could bring in are former Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who has said that the Raiders are his desired destination, and Marshawn Lynch, who is considering coming out of retirement to play for his hometown Raiders.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Lynch visited the Raiders facility on Wednesday and the chances of him landing with the Raiders are looking good:

Lynch retired after the 2015 season, but still technically has two years remaining on his contract with the Seattle Seahawks, so if the Raiders want to acquire him it would either have to be via trade, or a release by the Seahawks. For Lynch to visit the Raiders facility the Seahawks had to allow it, so that could mean that they are on board with Lynch coming back to play for the Raiders.

The 30-year-old native of Oakland was a first round draft pick in 2007 by the Buffalo Bills out of Cal. In nine NFL seasons he rushed for 9,112 yards and 74 touchdowns while being named to five Pro Bowls and one All-Pro team.

His real success came after going to Seattle, where he rushed at least 1,200 yards and 11 touchdowns in four consecutive seasons.

If either Lynch or Peterson landed with the Raiders they would not expected to carry the workload they have previously in their careers, as both Washington and Richard provide that change of pace back to spell the veterans.