So the crazy NFL offseason continues. It seems like every week there is a star player linked to signing with the New England Patriots. The newest? Marshawn Lynch.
By now, you’ve certainly heard that running back Marshawn Lynch is considering coming out of retirement. All of the reports have been that his hometown team, the Raiders, are the front-runners.
But Lynch also could land with the Patriots, according to the Boston Herald:
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
This news is probably a surprise to most fans because the Patriots currently have a surplus at running back. Just last week New England brought in Adrian Peterson for a workout, but he left Foxborough without a contract. The Patriots currently have Dion Lewis, James White, and Brandon Bolden all returning in 2017. On top of that, the team signed Rex Burkhead this offseason.
And who could forget about LeGarrette Blount? He is still out there in free agency. CSN New England’s Mike Giardi reported the Patriots and Blount have a mutual interest in finalizing a new contract but that the two sides have yet to come to terms on an agreement.
So what does this mean for Marshawn Lynch? He turns 31 later this month, but in his nine-year career, Lynch was a five-time Pro Bowler, including four straight years from 2011-14. He was a first-team All-Pro selection in 2012. In seven games in 2015, Lynch had just 417 yards and three touchdowns. But these were his impressive numbers from 2011-14:
2011: 1,204 yards, 12 touchdowns
2012: 1,590 yards, 11 touchdowns
2013: 1,257 yards, 12 touchdowns
2014: 1,306 yards, 13 touchdowns
Lynch ending up in New England would be a fascinating story given the way the Seahawks lost Super Bowl XLIX. It seems more likely that Lynch is just putting it out there that he’d be open to signing with the Patriots as a way to get the Raiders attention. Although, if Lynch is trying to win a Super Bowl, signing with the Patriots would certainly give him the best shot. The Seahawks still own Lynch’s contractual rights and would have to agree to either trade or release him before he could play for another team. If that does happen, and he does come out of retirement, I still expect him to sign with the Raiders.