Raiders seek resolution on Marshawn Lynch before National Football League draft

Former Raiders DT Dan Williams

Former Raiders DT Dan Williams

The reason the two sides have less than a week to figure things out is because Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said on Friday that if the team was going to get a deal done with Lynch that he'd like to get it done before the NFL Draft, which kicks off on April 27.

"At some point, you would like to know", McKenzie said.

The Mercury News also points out that the 2017 NFL Draft is loaded with top-notch running backs with LSU's Leonard Fournette, Stanford's Christian McCaffrey, Florida State's Dalvin Cook, Tennessee's Alvin Kamara, and Oklahoma's Joe Mixon all likely to be available in the first two rounds.

"Every indication I got was he was excited to play for the Oakland Raiders", Jack Del Rio said of Lynch's meeting with the team. Once that happens, the Raiders and Seahawks will have to agree on compensation.

Lynch signed a three-year deal with Seattle in 2015 that would pay him $9 million in 2017 if he came out of retirement.

If the Raiders don't have any resolution on Lynch, they could decide to fill that void in the draft but could decide to wait if the right player isn't available.

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So it may turn out that the denouement to Lynch's career remains the same as it was when he was playing hide and seek with Seattle in the playoffs after 2015, a lot of sound and fury signifying nothing-expect of course contributing again to Beast Mode's profile in the contemporary consciousness. Just, you know, for the intimacy of contact. And we're not shutting the door until that time pretty much. "But the door is still open". Who knows after that?

The Raiders have a need for a power running back after losing Latavius Murray in free agency. Not going to ever say never.

Despite claiming that they want an answer soon, McKenzie didn't give a specific date.

Lynch wants a contract in the $9 million range - the same number he made with the Seahawks - despite not having carried a football on an NFL field in 459 days. We're trying to get some more impact players.

"The draft would seem to provide a natural deadline, particularly because of the strength of this year's running back class". "He's still on the suspension list so we're not considering him at this point".