Marshawn Lynch Headshot

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said he talked to Lynch and still isn't sure if the running back intends to come out of retirement, Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reports.

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An Oakland native and current Bay Area resident, Lynch has reportedly been thinking about coming out of retirement to join his hometown Raiders -- but he'd first need the Seahawks to relinquish the rights to his services. It's quite possible Lynch has soured on the idea of playing for the Raiders now that their eventual departure from his hometown is official. Be it Lynch or someone else, Oakland likely plans on adding a power runner to replace Latavius Murray in a backfield that's currently headed by second-year players DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard.
Josh Gordon Headshot

Browns executive vice president Sashi Brown suggested Wednesday that Gordon (suspension) could stay with the team if he is reinstated by the NFL, ESPNCleveland.com's Tony Grossi reports.

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This marks a serious departure from the other statements made by team officials since Gordon failed to meet the conditions for his reinstatement in September. Head coach Hue Jackson, among others, suggested that the 25-year-old wideout had blown his final chance to make things work in Cleveland. It does make some sense that that team would reconsider, as there's a clear need for talent at wide receiver following the departure of Terrelle Pryor in free agency. It also doesn't hurt that Gordon won't turn 26 until mid-April and has seemingly taken an active approach dealing with the substance abuse issues that have long plagued him. He applied for reinstatement in early March, expecting to hear about his status by late April or early May. The Browns may push the league to make a decision before the upcoming draft, as Gordon's availability would impact the team's strategy. Even if the Browns don't plan on keeping him, Gordon might fetch a middle-round pick in a trade. The NFL may still want him to serve a four-game suspension as one of the conditions for his reinstatement, considering he started last season on a four-game suspension but then left for an inpatient rehab facility instead of rejoining the Browns for Week 5.
Latavius Murray Headshot

Head coach Mike Zimmer said he doesn't necessarily know if Murray (ankle) is a three-down back, Chris Tomasson of The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

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Murray is a strong pass blocker with good size and solid hands, but he's never been particularly explosive or evasive and doesn't break nearly as many tackles as one would expect of a 225-pound running back. While capable of staying on the field in any situation, he's essentially a jack-of-all-trades and master of none. The Vikings would ideally want to pair their offseason addition with a more explosive runner -- perhaps even hoping Jerick McKinnon can be that complement. If not McKinnon, the team could address its backfield in a draft that's strong at the position, though the offensive line is a more pressing concern. Signed to a three-year deal in mid-March, the 27-year-old Murray is expected to miss Minnesota's offseason program after having surgery last week to remove bone spurs. He should be back to full strength for the start of training camp, and he's a clear favorite to take the team's first snap of the season.
David Johnson Headshot

Head coach Bruce Arians said he would like Johnson to get 30 touches per game next season, ESPN's Josh Weinfuss reports.

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30 touches per game works out to 480 for the year, which would be the second most any player has ever taken in a season. Johnson led the NFL with 373 last year, and he even had an outside shot to reach 400 prior to injuring his knee in Week 17. Already fully recovered from that injury, Johnson could make a push for 400 touches in his second season as Arizona's lead back. He figures to be the most popular No. 1 selection in fantasy drafts this summer, coming off a 2016 season in which he led the NFL in scrimmage yards (2,118) and touchdowns (20). Johnson, Le'Veon Bell (groin) and Ezekiel Elliott should lead a revival of the running back position at the top of drafts.
Theo Riddick Headshot

Head coach Jim Caldwell isn't sure if Riddick (wrist) will be available for team activities this spring, MLIVe.com's Kyle Meinke reports.

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A recent report suggested Riddick is expected to be ready for the start of the offseason program, but his participation apparently can't be assumed. He underwent surgery on both wrists late last season, missing the final four games of the campaign. Fellow running back Ameer Abdullah (foot) has already been fully cleared for a return, but the Lions are rumored to have serious interest in adding competition via free agency or the draft. Riddick's role as the primary passing-down back is secure, while Abdullah could face serious competition for carries.
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