REPORT: Marshawn Lynch Interested in Joining the Patriots
Expectations are that currently retired running back Marshawn Lynch will be making a comeback to join his hometown Oakland Raiders this offseason. But if that doesn’t happen, it’s being reported that the former Seahawks RB would be interested in joining the team he lost to at Super Bowl XLIX, the New England Patriots.
Here’s a tweet, via Patriots beat reporter Jeff Howe:
Marshawn Lynch update: He has privately expressed interest in playing for Patriots if talks break off with Raiders. Keep an eye on that.
— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) April 10, 2017
After passing on Adrian Peterson, and with LeGarrette Blount still unsigned, the Patriots have a glaring hole at the running back position that they will undoubtedly be looking to fill before the end of this month’s NFL Draft. Whether they fill it via the draft or free agency is anyone’s guess, but the possibility of adding a player of Lynch’s calibre has to be quite intriguing for the defending champs.
There are a few things to remember before we get too excited (or angry, depending on how you feel about the Pats), however.
For starters, the Seahawks still own the rights to Lynch, so any move that takes place would have to receive their approval first.
Secondly, the Raiders are still very much in play here, as they are said to be in serious discussions with the five-time Pro Bowler.
And finally, this news comes from the camp of Marshawn Lynch, and not from the Patriots. So we’re not even sure if Bill Belichick and company have any interest in acquiring Lynch in the first place.
Even with all of that being said, this is still something you’ll want to keep your eye on. It’s been a few years since Marshawn Lynch has made an impact in the NFL, having missed half the 2015 season with injuries before sitting out the entire 2016 season following his retirement announcement. But prior to that he reeled off four straight seasons of over 1,200 yards and double digit touchdowns, from 2011-2014. So you’d think that any team in need of help at running back would at least want to consider adding a player like Lynch to their roster.