Oakland- The Oakland Raiders have officially moved on from Marshawn Lynch and expects to draft a running back in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Reportedly, Lynch has stated that he will not play for another team and will revisit retirement. After retiring in 2016, Lynch wanted to come back and play for his home town team and decided to come out of retirement to play for the Raiders. His first season as a Raider, he racked up 891 yards on 207 carries (4.3 average) with seven touchdowns. He even had the entire stadium “Crunking” during a commercial time out.
His second year with the Raiders was not as exciting as the first, because injuries plagued his productivity and he missed a lot of time on the field.
The two seasons that Lynch played in were more relatable and more memorable to a lot of fans because he was opening up more, as well as having fun on the field when he got the opportunity. Lynch will always be a Raider at heart, but what he did for the city of Oakland was inspiring to his community, as well as being a person who talked less and played with his heart. There are so many memories that he has had as a player, but what he is currently doing for the youth is simply heartwarming.
The Raiders have the No. 24 and 27 picks in the 2019 Draft, so it will be very interesting to see what running back could take the starting position. Whoever gets drafted will have some big shoes to fill, as well as high expectations from the front office to excel immediately.
Coverage of the 2019 NFL Draft will start at 7 PM ET on ESPN and NFL Network.