The Raiders want a deal with Marshawn Lynch agreed to before the NFL Draft, but the team and running back remain far apart on terms, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Under a three-year deal he signed with Seattle in 2015, Lynch was to make $9 million in 2017 if he came out of retirement. The Raiders are offering one-third of that, but Lynch Is demanding no less than half, according to the report.
“At some point, you would like to know (if Lynch is joining the team),” McKenzie said. “Prior to the draft is that point.”
While McKenzie said the Raiders will be open to bringing Lynch aboard even if a deal is not done by the draft, which starts Thursday, the team has leverage in negotiations. Oakland has two solid running backs on the roster (Jalen Richard, DeAndre Washington), there are plenty of backs still available as free agents (Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles, LeGarrette Blount), and the draft is deep at the position.
One of the players making the draft deep at running back is Joe Mixon, who just settled a lawsuit filed by Amelia Molitor, a woman whose jaw Mixon broke with a punch in July 2014.
Despite the incident, the Raiders seem open to drafting the former Oklahoma Sooner. McKenzie said that after Mixon’s visit with the team, the Raiders believe he’s a “really good kid,” per the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie on RB Joe Mixon's team visit: "We thought he was a really good kid." Came across well.— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) April 21, 2017
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“He came off really well. He explained each and every thing," McKenzie continued. "The questions that we had, he had an explanation. He was up front about everything. He really came across as a good kid.”
Despite Raiders owner Mark Davis’ strong stance against domestic violence, he has already signed off on the team drafting Mixon, RaidersWire notes.