What has already been a crazy offseason for the Patriots could soon get even crazier. According to a report from NBC's ProFootballTalk, Marshawn Lynch has expressed interest in joining the Patriots if and when he comes out of retirement.
Now, it's important to remember that this is all purely speculative. As the article mentions, Lynch could simply be using the Patriots as leverage to pressure the Raiders (his primary suitor by all accounts) to strike a deal with him, and Bill Belichick could likewise just be using the Lynch rumors to convince LeGarrette Blount to re-sign with New England. Yet with that being said, this is an interesting leak for a number of reasons.
First and foremost, there might be actual interest between Lynch and the Pats if his attempts to make a comeback in Oakland fizzle. The bruising back has forged an impressive resume over his time in Buffalo and Seattle, and New England could definitely benefit from his short-yardage prowess. Lynch is an attractive alternative to the aging LeGarrette Blount, and he would gain the opportunity to compete for a second Super Bowl ring if he came to Foxborough.
We'll have to wait and see for the saga to play out, but Lynch has definitely shown that he's not just interested in playing for his hometown team if he returns to the NFL. In light of the recent Blount situation, the Patriots would be well served to at least take a look at Lynch in case they need a power back closer to Week 1.
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