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Marshawn Lynch’s agent minimizes rumors of back joining Raiders

Marshawn Lynch’s agent minimizes rumors of back joining Raiders

The agent for the retired running back said Tuesday that he doesn’t know how it started and hasn’t talked to his client about it.

Lynch retired after the 2015 season, and had been busy guest starring on television shows, doing commercials, owning Beast Mode apparel stores in Oakland and Seattle and doing charity work.

The Raiders are his mom’s favorite team, so the national reports of interest on his side make sense, but the ones saying the Raiders are pursuing him or almost traded for him last year sound fishy.

In a June interview on “60 Minutes,” Lynch was asked about coming out of retirement and specifically playing for his hometown Raiders.

[...] the Raiders had Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon in for a visit Monday, according to a league source.

Mixon, who played at Freedom-Oakley, is regarded by some as the best running back in the upcoming draft.

Mixon was suspended for his freshman season, ordered to get counseling, and forced to perform 100 hours of community service.

The Raiders also reportedly met with Mixon — who was not invited to the NFL combine because of the incident — at his Pro Day at Oklahoma this month.

Raiders Hall of Fame receiver Fred Biletnikoff’s daughter, Tracey, was murdered by her boyfriend in 1999.


Raiders sign linebacker Jelani Jenkins in 1st add to defense

Raiders sign linebacker Jelani Jenkins in 1st add to defense

The club made its first defensive free-agent signing Monday, after it had added four offensive players the past couple of weeks.

Oakland signed former Miami linebacker Jelani Jenkins, formally announced the signing of backup quarterback EJ Manuel and announced that it has brought back long snapper Jon Condo.

Jenkins, 25, started seven games last season and missed seven with groin, knee and hand injuries.

Manuel was a first-round pick of the Bills in 2013.

[...] he is reunited with former Buffalo quarterback coach and new Raiders offensive coordinator Todd Downing.

The Seahawks still own his rights, and it’s unlikely the Raiders would trade a draft pick for him.

Did Marshawn Lynch just drop a hint on Twitter that he’s signing with the Raiders?

Raiders reportedly considering Oakland native Marshawn Lynch

Retired running back Marshawn Lynch could be coming back to the NFL for a homecoming.

The Raiders are “strongly considering” acquiring the Oakland native, who maintained strong ties to the city during a decorated nine-year career spent in Buffalo and Seattle, ESPN first reported Friday.

Lynch, 30, who attended Oakland Tech and Cal, announced his retirement on social media during Super Bowl 50 in February 2016.

[...] the Raiders are cognizant of financial issues with massive contract extensions for quarterback Derek Carr and outside linebacker Khalil Mack looming, the NFL Network reported.

The Raiders have a need for a frontline running back after Latavius Murray, their starter the past two seasons, signed with the Vikings on Wednesday.

A five-time Pro Bowl player, Lynch has 9,112 career rushing yards, six 1,000-yard seasons and ranks 24th in NFL history with 74 rushing TDs.

Despite his rugged style, Lynch, who will turn 31 in April, missed just one game from 2010-14 before sitting out nine games in 2015 with an abdominal injury that required surgery.

Jim Harbaugh delivers his most pointed criticism of 49ers brass since his firing; Colin Kaepernick (above) participates in an effort to bring relief to Africa.

Report: Raiders ‘strongly considering’ acquiring Marshawn Lynch

The Raiders are “strongly considering” acquiring running back Marshawn Lynch, an Oakland native who didn’t play in the NFL last year after he announced his retirement on social media during Super Bowl 50 in February 2016, ESPN first reported.

The Seahawks retain the rights to Lynch, 30, meaning Oakland would have to make a trade or sign him if Seattle released him.

Raiders general manager Reggie McKenize and Seahawks GM John Schneider are close friends who worked together for eight seasons in the Packers’ front office.

The Raiders have a need for a frontline running back after Latavius Murray, their starter the past two seasons, signed with the Vikings on Wednesday.

Raiders sign tight end Jared Cook, near deal with QB EJ Manuel

[...] Jared Cook.

The eight-year veteran becomes the latest playmaker for an offense that ranked sixth in the NFL last year, had two 1,000-yard receivers and added wideout Cordarrelle Patterson on Tuesday.

In the postseason, he had a clutch 36-yard sideline catch in a divisional-round upset of the Cowboys, a grab he said Thursday he has been asked about every day during the offseason.

A 2009 third-round pick of the Titans, Cook has two 50-catch seasons since 2013 and 303 career receptions.

Manuel, the No. 16 pick in 2013, spent his second NFL season with Todd Downing, now the Raiders’ offensive coordinator, who was his position coach with the Bills in 2014.

Cook, a rookie fourth-round pick, made his first career start in a wild-card loss at Houston after Carr broke his leg on Christmas Eve.

The two anticipated additions to the offense came a day after the Raiders lost running back Latavius Murray, who signed a three-year contract with the Vikings late Wednesday night.

Murray, 27, had 2,350 total yards, 74 receptions and 18 touchdowns in his final two seasons with the Raiders.

Report: Raiders expected to sign QB EJ Manuel

The Raiders are expected to sign Bills quarterback EJ Manuel, who would compete for the backup job behind Derek Carr, ESPN reported.

Manuel, the No. 16 pick in 2013, spent his second NFL season with Raiders offensive coordinator Todd Downing, who was his position coach in 2014.

Last year, Cook, a rookie fourth-round pick, made his first career start in a wild-card loss at Houston after Carr broke his leg on Christmas Eve.

At the NFL combine, head coach Jack Del Rio said the Raiders could sign a player to push Cook.

Raiders RB Latavius Murray signs with Vikings

Raiders RB Latavius Murray signs with Vikings

The Raiders officially need a feature running back.

Murray, 27, a 2013 sixth-round pick, had 2,350 total yards, 74 receptions and 18 touchdowns in his final two seasons with the Raiders.

Two weeks ago, at the NFL combine, Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio was asked if either running back was ready to assume a leading role.

[...] of what they do in free agency, the Raiders to figure to address the position in the draft.

Mystery good Samaritan turns out to be Derek Carr

After a local Bay Area DJ/music producer runs out of gas, a good Samaritan pulls over and offers to help. Little does the deejay know that his benefactor is an NFL quarterback.

Cordarelle Patterson calls joining Raiders ‘blessing from skies’

Cordarelle Patterson calls joining Raiders ‘blessing from skies’

The free-agent receiver signee was remembering his 95-yard kickoff touchdown return for the Vikings in Oakland in 2015.

When I scored that touchdown, they were giving me a lot of crap …

Man, since I joined the team, it seemed like 30 seconds and my phone was blowing up on Twitter and Instagram with all the Raiders’ fans, ‘Glad to have you,’ ‘Welcome to the black side.’

The Raiders gave Patterson, 26, a two-year deal that pays him $5.25 million in the first year and can be voided in the second if he hits certain statistics.

Though he can carve out a bigger role for himself, he will at the very least be used a lot on reverses and screen passes.

All-Pro kick returner, and the Raiders haven’t had a touchdown on a kick return since 2011 (Jacoby Ford).

Patterson has five touchdowns on returns and has averaged 30.4 yards per kickoff return, second only to Hall of Famer Gale Sayers (30.6 yards) since 1941.