Raiders reportedly looking into RB Lynch
The Raiders are strongly considering luring retired star running back Marshawn Lynch out of retirement and back home to Oakland, ESPN reported Friday. Lynch, who is still under contract with the Seahawks, is said to be trying to decide if he wants to come back to the NFL.
Lynch retired after the 2015 season with 9,112 yards in 10 NFL seasons, but there is a chance “Beast Mode” could fill the gap in the Raiders’ running attack left by Latavius Murray’s free-agent departure to Minnesota.
Lynch played at Oakland Tech High and Cal and has indicated in the past he’d love to play for his hometown Raiders. While Lynch is retired, his rights are still owned by the Seahawks, who would have to agree to trade or release him.
Giants: Convinced Jason Pierre-Paul is fully back from a fireworks accident that severely damaged his right hand, New York signed its star defensive end to a fouryear contract worth about $68 million. The team gave Pierre-Paul the franchise tag last month for the second time in three years.
Meantime, the Giants agreed to terms with former Jets quarterback Geno Smith, pending a physical, multiple reports said. The 26-year-old Smith was a second-round pick in 2013, but his stint with the Jets was marred by injuries and inconsistency. He is recovering from a torn ACL suffered in his only start last season.
Jets: Josh McCown might be the answer — in the short term, at least — for the quarterback-needy Jets. The free agent QB is meeting with New York this weekend, multiple reports said.
Rams: Signed linebacker Connor Barwin, one week after he was released by the Eagles. Barwin spent his first four seasons with the Texans, where he played under new L.A. defensive coordinator Wade Phillips.
Seahawks: Agreed to deals to bring back tight end Luke Willson and cornerback DeShawn Shead.