Marshawn Lynch "has privately expressed interest in playing for Patriots"

It was earlier reported that Marshawn Lynch was going to come out of retirement and make his return to the Oakland Raiders. If Lynch unretires, as the story goes, he may have an interest in signing with the New England Patriots.

Joining New England would, realistically, be the easiest way for Marshawn to get another ring.

The Seahawks still hold Lynch's rights, but G.M. John Schneider has made it clear that they won't make his return elsewhere a complex process. Whether that comes to fruition remains to be seen, but this latest report certainly adds another layer of intrigue to Lynch's situation.

Yet, Marshawn coming back to the National Football League for the sole objective of getting another Super Bowl ring doesn't seem legit. Lynch, an Oakland native will bring a lot of versatility and power to the run game to compliment their entertaining and exciting passing attack by their superstar quarterback in David Carr. Would Seahawks general manager John Schneider even be willing to do Lynch the type of favor that would be necessary to get the running back to an East Coast team? "They have the cap space to do whatever they want".

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Blount, who earned $1 million in 2016, could be looking for more than the one-year, $3.15 million deal the Patriots gave to free agent running back Rex Burkhead. Put Marshawn alongside offensive threats like Rob Gronkowski, 27, Dion Lewis, 26, Danny Amendola, 31, Julian Edelman, 30, and you might as well book New England's trip to the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis for Super Bowl 52.

As it now stands, the front offices of the Seahawks and Raiders still haven't revealed any negotiations in regard to the former Pro Bowl running back.

A move to the Patriots might be more complicated, though it's hard to imagine the market for Lynch would be all the different - a trade for a seventh-round pick is generally considered as about the best Seattle would be able to do.

  • Tabitha Byrd