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NFL: Raiders acquire Lynch, Saints grab Peterson

Two running backs in the NFL have just made big moves.

After spending the five out of last six years with the Seattle Seahawks, Marshawn Lynch is now an Oakland Raider. The running back skipped the 2016 season, officially retiring. However, Lynch is coming out of retirement, signing a two-year deal with the Raiders.

Originally, Lynch was drafted by the Buffalo Bills with their No. 12 overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft.

According to the Raiders, the technicalities of the deal was that Lynch was acquired in a trade with the Seahawks. The Raiders also received a sixth-round draft pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, while Seahawks acquired the Raider’s fifth-round pick for the same draft.

A Super Bowl champion, Lynch, 31, holds 114 starts out of 127 regular-season appearances for both the Bills and Seahawks. During his career, he has rushed for 9,112 yards on 2,144 carries. He has totaled 72 touchdowns on the ground and nine in the air. As a receiver, he has recorded 252 receptions for 1,979 yards.

“Marshawn is one of the best running backs I’ve ever played against in my short career so far,” said Khalil Mack, at a time period when Lynch signing with the Raiders was just a mere rumor. “You talk about a player, a hell of a player, it would be a great, great, great treat to have him on this side, on the dark side.”

“He’s one heck of a football player and I hope to play with him and those things, but again, I’m focused on the guys that are here today,” quarterback Derek Carr said. “I can’t say, ‘Oh man, I hope he gets here and all those things.’ Of course, anyone would want Marshawn Lynch, any quarterback in the NFL. It doesn’t matter who you have behind you because you have great running backs. Anybody would say, ‘Add a good player to our team? Absolutely.'”

“So you always need more good players,” Carr continued. “But with that said, I am focused on who is here. I want to take this group and win the Super Bowl with this group that is here and then as we add pieces, we’ll hug them up and bring them in just as a family and treat them the same way that we do with all of our other teammates.”

Peterson leaves Minnesota for New Orleans

As for the New Orleans Saints, they also signed a brand new running back to a two-year deal. Adrian Peterson, who has spent his entire career with the Minnesota Vikings, is now a member of the Saints.

Peterson, 32, was taken with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft by the Vikings. Since then, Petersen has dominated the running game. On the NFL’s all-time leading rushing list, Peterson sits at the 16th slot, behind many greats, with 11,747 rushing yards.

Peterson has started 116 out of 123 NFL regular-season games. His 11,747 rushing yards came off of 2,418 carries. On the ground, he has scored 97 touchdowns and in the air he has scored five touchdowns. As a receiver, Peterson has caught 241 passes for 1,945 yards.

“We are excited to welcome Adrian to the New Orleans Saints,” said Head Coach Sean Payton. “It’s rare and unique to have the opportunity to add a Hall of Fame player to your roster. His career has been top-notch and speaks for itself. We think he will be an excellent fit in our locker room and in our offense. We look forward to the opportunity later this spring to work with him on the field along with the rest of our team.”

“Obviously, I’ve had a ton of a respect for this guy for a long time as has just about everybody in our league and our locker room,” quarterback Drew Brees said. “I know he’s going to come in with a chip on his shoulder, ready to show what he can do and I’m sure he’ll embrace the opportunity.”

 

Photo of Marshawn Lynch courtesy of the Associated Press.

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