The Oakland Raiders have a gaping hole at running back after letting Latavius Murray walk in free agency. Marshawn Lynch has been linked to his hometown team for some time and appeared to be on track to signing a contract with them last week, but nothing has come to fruition since that point.

Now, the Raiders are left with nothing to do but wait. If Lynch wants to play for the Raiders this season, hell have to make a decision soon like, in the next week.

General manager Reggie McKenzie is seemingly setting a deadline for the draft, which kicks off on April 27.

At some point, youd like to know, McKenzie said Friday, via the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Prior to the draft is that point.

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Lynch appears to be on board with playing in Oakland this season, but he has to agree to terms of a contract before any wheels are set in motion. After that, the Raiders have to work a trade out with the Seahawks in order to add him to the active roster.

Neither of those things have happened yet despite Lynch showing interest in returning to the NFL. Head coach Jack Del Rio said every indication he was excited to play for the Oakland Raiders.

Well just have to wait and see what happens with the always-mysterious Lynch while the Raiders do the same. If he doesnt commit to returning, they could look at a running back early in the draft.


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