Marshawn Lynch Has Privately Expressed Interest In Playing For Patriots

The New England Patriots have been connected to several big name running backs in recent weeks, whether it is Adrian Peterson or LeGarrette Blount.

That's why a short-term deal between the former Seahawks running back and the reigning Super Bowl champions is, on its face, an intriguing one.

According to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, Lynch has privately expressed interest in playing for Patriots if talks break off with Raiders. Lynch is still under contract with the Seahawks, which retained his rights during his retirement.

Why then would it come out that Lynch would like to play elsewhere?

He knows that the Raiders need him more than he needs them. But Lynch expressing interest in joining the Patriots doesn't mean this is a simple process to work out.

In the 2016 offseason, notable free agent veterans Martellus Bennett and Chris Long took the leap of faith to join Belichick's strict system in New England - in the hopes of getting their first real shot at a decent playoff run. With the threat of a short-term marriage between Lynch and the Patriots out there, might that nudge Blount in the direction of an agreement?

Dion Lewis, James White, Rex Burkhead, Brandon Bolden and D.J. Foster comprise the New England backfield at the moment. In 127 career games, Lynch has 9,112 yards on 2,144 attempts with 74 touchdowns.

The Seahawks signed Lynch to a 2-year, $24 million extension prior to the 2015 season, in what should have kept him under contract through 2017.

  • Julie Sanders