New head coach, Jon Gruden is starting to make some moves. The Oakland Raiders and running back Doug Martin have agreed to terms on a one-year deal according to multiple reports.
This signing could be an indication that Marshawn Lynch’s days in Oakland are coming to an end based on Gruden’s comments a few weeks ago.
“No. I said to him: ‘I need Marshawn Lynch. I don’t need this part-time Lynch. I need full-time Lynch,'” Gruden said, recounting the details of his meeting with Lynch earlier that day.
“We need the real deal,” Gruden continued. “If you’re going to put those letters on the back of your jersey, man, you’ve got to back it up, Marshawn — right? We don’t need another back, we need a feature back.”
Gruden never coached Martin in Tampa but has remained a big fan of what the Bucs have done. Martin has a three-down skill-set when right but is one of the most inconsistent players in the NFL as one year he’s on and the next he’s off.
Yes, Doug Martin is coming to Oakland… but the Raiders have no plans to part ways with Marshawn Lynch. Carry on.
— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) March 15, 2018