There's a good chance Marshawn Lynch has played his last game in the NFL, and he's expected to retire based on reports in April. He's 33, and the Raiders replaced him with rookie Josh Jacobs. But Lynch could opt to change his mind, although he's unlikely to return to Oakland, his hometown team. In 2018, Lynch appeared in just six games because of a groin injury, but he did score at least 12 PPR points in each of his first four outings. Keep an eye on Lynch if he makes a formal announcement about his future, but he's not worth drafting in most leagues this year.
Lynch is open to coming out of retirement if the Raiders want him back in 2019, a source told Steve Wyche of NFL Network. That Lynch still has an apparent desire to play suggests the rumors of his retirement plans that surfaced last week might have more to do with the Raiders wanting to move on from him than anything else. Oakland's decision to bring in fellow bruiser Isaiah Crowell (Achilles) instead of re-signing Lynch earlier this offseason supports that notion, but now that Crowell is lost for the season, the Raiders could rethink their backfield plans. In any case, first-round rookie Josh Jacobs appears primed to handle a significant role right away, which wouldn't bode well for Lynch to continue averaging the 15 carries per game he saw with Oakland in 2018.
Lynch (groin) plans to retire from professional football rather than attempting to play in 2019, league sources told Adam Schefter of ESPN. Lynch previously stepped away from the game following the Seahawks' Super Bowl 50 loss to the Patriots, sitting out the 2016 season before Seattle traded his rights to Oakland. Invigorated by the chance to play for his hometown team, Lynch promptly inked a two-year deal with the Raiders and made 21 appearances during his time in Oakland, logging 1,267 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. His 2018 campaign was cut short by a groin injury, and though the issue wasn't anything that would have impacted his availability for NFL training camps this summer, the 33-year-old is apparently ready to move on to the next phase of his life. Assuming Lynch follows through with his retirement plans, he'll wrap up his career as a five-time Pro Bowler, one-time Super Bowl champ and the NFL's 29th all-time leading rusher.
Raiders coach Jon Gruden said he is still unsure if Lynch (groin) intends to continue his football career, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. The 32-year-old running back was placed on injured reserve Oct. 22, finishing his 11th NFL season with 90 carries for 376 yards (4.2 average) and three touchdowns. He probably still has something to offer, but a third season with the rebuilding Raiders may not sound too appealing even if he enjoys playing in his hometown. Lynch will turn 33 in April and is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in March.
Lynch (groin) won't be eligible to return from injured reserve this season after the Raiders used their second and last designated-for-return spot Thursday on offensive tackle Donald Penn (leg), Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Since Lynch was shuttled to IR on Oct. 22 shortly after undergoing surgery to repair a torn groin, he wouldn't have been able to play until at least Week 16 in light of the mandated eight-week shutdown period. Coach Jon Gruden offered little optimism Monday that Lynch would be ready to practice in the near future, so it's not too surprising that the Raiders have decided to close the book on his campaign. With Lynch hitting free agency this spring and set to turn 33 years old in April, it's not unreasonable to suspect his NFL career might be over. Lynch had previously retired from the NFL in 2016 before being lured back last season to join his hometown squad, but the idea of returning to the Raiders may not be as appealing with the team relocating to Las Vegas as soon as 2019 and no later than 2020.
Head coach Jon Gruden said Monday that he still doesn't know if Lynch (groin) will be able to return this season, Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com reports. Gruden said a little over a month ago that he was uncertain about Lynch's availability for the remainder of the season, and he provided the same answer Monday when asked. Gruden did say he "thinks Lynch is getting better," but added that Lynch is rehabbing on his own and the process is being overseen by the training staff, which is an indication he may not know precisely where Lynch stands in his recovery. This leaves the door slightly open for Lynch to play before the season ends, but with just four regular-season weeks to go, that seems unlikely and would leave him little-to-no time to make a fantasy impact should he get back on the field. Doug Martin and Jalen Richard will continue sharing the bulk of the work in the Raiders backfield for now, and likely the rest of the way.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/15||Kansas City Chiefs||31||23.78|
|7||10/20||@Green Bay Packers||19||18.13|
|10||11/08||Los Angeles Chargers||24||20.00|
|12||11/24||@New York Jets||18||17.75|
|13||12/01||@Kansas City Chiefs||31||23.78|
|16||12/22||@Los Angeles Chargers||24||20.00|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||148||634||5||18||118||0||104|