Raiders re­port­edly look­ing into RB Lynch

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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.

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