Marshawn Lynch says pending Raiders move was catalyst for return

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Marshawn Lynch said the only reason he came out of his one-year retirement and play for the Oakland Raiders was the Raiders plan to relocate to Las Vegas.

In his first news conference since he was acquired by the team in an April trade and agreed to a restructured contract, Lynch said he wants children now growing up in Oakland to be able to see a home-grown football star play for the Raiders before the team is gone.

Lynch asked about team, playing w/ Carr and Mack: "I got the whole town riding w/ me".

Marshawn Lynch reiterated that he was retired about a thousand times for the year that he actually was.

News of actual on-field activity from Marshawn Lynch leaked out Monday when Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio posted a video of the prized acquisition breaking a long run from scrimmage.


Ryan is now a student at Vassar College. But he also pointed to the team moving to Las Vegas in 2020 as something that nudged him out of retirement. He has founded his own sports website, thejrreport.com and is a contributor at The Raiders Wire and Chargers Wire. We can say a lot about Lynch.

Throughout his career Lynch spent offseasons giving back to his hometown and said Tuesday playing in Oakland, which will host the Seahawks in the final preseason game, will allow him more time to perform the same type of community service year-round. Knowing that they was leaving, a lot of the kids here probably won't have an opportunity to see most of their idols growing up, being they (won't) be in the hometown anymore.

I don't think it's no different.

At that point someone from the organization said "Time for one more question", which sounds about right.

"So, every home game that I get to come to this (stadium) I'm probably going to be riding with the whole town. But I got a whole new Oakland behind me, and the way we feel about where we're from and why we represent..." "Beside the billboards and all that, I really just get out with the people The billboards is for the commercial people, but when you get outside and you walk in the cracks, you get to find out what's real". "At the end of the day, I still walk outside".

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