The Oakland Raiders are taking one more step towards getting Oakland-native Marshawn Lynch on the team. Retired punter Pat McAfee broke the news on Twitter, reporting that the retired running back is in Alameda visiting with the Raiders.
The Raiders lost Latavius Murray to the Minnesota Vikings in free agency and now have just two second-year running backs on the roster in Jalen Richard and fifth-round pick DeAndre Washington.
Reports came out in March that the Raiders were interested in acquiring the 30-year-old running back and this report means they are doing more than exploring. In fact, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media seems to believe that Beast Mode meeting with Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio is simply another step in the process.
As of right now, the Raiders would have to trade for Lynch due to the Seattle Seahawks still owning his rights for the next two seasons. McKenzie and Seahawks general manager John Schneider have completed many trades together and have a good working relationship as they both worked together with the Green Bay Packers.
Beast Mode retired after the 2015 year, when he missed nine regular-season games after getting surgery on his abdomen in November. Before that, Lynch had missed just one game in the four years before that.
In his nine years in the NFL, Lynch started 114 games while rushing for 9,112 yards and 74 touchdowns.
Lynch is an Oakland native, and went to high school at Oakland Tech and stayed close to home for college to attend Cal.