Maybe two years away from football was just what Marshawn Lynch needed to get re-energized.
A day after Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said he sees "authentic passion" from Lynch, who came out of retirement to join his hometown team, Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie said the 31-year-old Lynch has plenty left in the tank.
"We think he has more than enough left to be a highly productive running back in this league — even back to his latter couple years when he was playing," McKenzie told Sporting News NFL writer Alex Marvez and NFL.com analyst Gil Brandt during a Wednesday interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio. "So we think he’s going to be highly productive and we’re excited to have him and he is extremely excited to be here, playing for the Oakland Raiders."
Lynch stepped away from football following an injury-plagued 2015 season. He ran for 1,306 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2014 while helping the Seahawks reach the Super Bowl for the second straight year. Lynch had 1,257 yards and 12 scores in 2013 to help lead Seattle to a Super Bowl title.
Lynch had over 1,200 rushing yards in four straight seasons with the Seahawks, who agreed to a trade with the Raiders to send Lynch's rights to Oakland.
"Once it was word that he may come out of retirement and Oakland was a place to land, I was really excited," McKenzie told Marvez and Brandt. "So when that team took off, we stayed in pursuit and I was happy that it worked out."