Marshawn Lynch’s career in Seattle is over as the Seahawks selected three running backs (C.J. Prosise-Notre Dame, Alex Collins-Arkansas, Zac Brooks-Clemson) in April’s draft following Lynch’s retirement announcement in February via Twitter.
— Shawn Lynch (@MoneyLynch) February 8, 2016
The Seahawks seem to be preparing to hand over the reigns of the starting running back role to Thomas Rawls (pending recovery from a broken ankle) or either of the three rookie running backs now on their roster. However, while BeastMode may not be calling the Pacific Northwest his home anymore, multiple reports have stated that Lynch may not be done with football. In fact, Lynch’s ex-teammate and All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman is convinced that Lynch still has a little more gas left in the tank.
“I don’t put anything past him,” Sherman said to NFL Network’s Michael Robinson. “He’s about as predictable as a pair of dice. So I don’t try to call his plays.”
“But it’s obviously going to be different,” Sherman said when asked about what it’s going to be like without Lynch in their locker room in 2016. “We got a little sample of it last year. We had to play without him for a good portion of the season. I think we’re prepared for it in some aspects. But you never really want to be prepared for that. You would hope that he comes back. In the back of your mind, you hope he comes back and plays another year. But he doesn’t owe us anything. He’s given us everything. He’s given the game everything we asked.”
Now that there are rumors and believers that Marshawn Lynch could come back to football, the obvious question is where would BeastMode potentially go to play? While the Seahawks players and their fans would love for Lynch to return to Seattle for one more season, it’s become abundantly clear that the Seahawks do not have the funds to pay Lynch (one of the reasons for his retirement in the first place) and the franchise has already shown that they have moved on from Lynch with their picks in the draft. With Seattle not being a realistic place for Lynch to land, here are a few possible destinations would which BeastMode could be visiting or signing with if he does decide to take the cleats off the hook.
— Raiders Fan Zone (@Raiders_FZ) April 28, 2016
The Raiders finished the 2015 season at 7-9, but it has become pretty clear that Jack Del Rio is building something special up along the Bay with players such as quarterback Derek Carr, wideout Amari Cooper, and defensive end Khalil Mack. The Raiders have already been very active this offseason and have signed free agents Bruce Irvin (LB), Sean Smith (CB), and Kelechi Osemele (OG) and they still have money available to work with. Given the fact that Marshawn Lynch is from Oakland and takes pride in it, bringing BeastMode home to Oaktown on a one-year contract seems like a pretty solid idea if you are Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie. Adding Lynch would also help ease the workload of Oakland’s young and upcoming running back, Latavius Murray, which is never a bad idea when you consider the amount of punishment the average NFL running back takes on a given week.
New England Patriots
— Seattle Seahawks Fan (@NFL_Seahawks1) April 17, 2016
When it comes to making use out of troubled or aged skill position players, does any team in the NFL do it better than the New England Patriots? LaGarrette Blount, Wes Welker, Corey Dillon, and Randy Moss are amongst the many players to come to New England and thrive under Bill Belichick after things did not work out elsewhere. Marshawn Lynch would be the latest chapter of the Patriots getting something special for nothing, and he would be a perfect fit in New England not only because of his exceptional ability to run through defenders but also because the Pats are currently rather thin at the running back position. Both Dion Lewis (torn ACL) and LaGarrette Blount (hip) will be trying to come back from serious season-ending injuries suffered in 2015, so it certainly would help the Patriots to add a stud like Marshawn Lynch to fall back on in their backfield if there were to be any setbacks in the recoveries of Lewis or Blount. If you thought an offense featuring Jimmy Graham and Marshawn Lynch in Seattle was scary, just wait until it’s Lynch, Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman and Tom Brady. That would almost be unfair for opposing defenses.
Not The Dallas Cowboys
— I Support Dallas (@IRoll4Dallas) April 17, 2016
Before the last month, it would have made sense for the Dallas Cowboys to pursue signing Marshawn Lynch due to their lack of a reliable starting running back. However, after the Cowboys drafted running back Ezekiel Elliott (Ohio State) with the No. 4 overall pick in the draft, as well as signing free agent running back Alfred Morris, the need for a starting running back in Big D really is no longer there. The Cowboys also still have Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar on their roster if all their skill position players decide to make season-ending/long-term injuries their favorite hobby again in 2016. But, Jerry Jones has a way of surprising us all from time to time, so would it really be that surprising if Marshawn Lynch was brought to Jerry’s World even though there really isn’t a dire need?