Marshawn Lynch is a five-time Pro Bowler, two-time NFL rushing touchdown leader, first-team All-Pro and Super Bowl champion. But above all else, Marshawn is just fun to watch. Yes, he's over 30-years-old. And yes, he's been out of football for awhile. But that just means he's rested and for a physical, downhill runner—the time off might actually help Marshawn.
And let's not forget the Raiders have the #2 ranked offensive line. Marshawn doesn't have to carry the entire team on his back and he won't be taking as many hits as he did in Seattle. He'll have protection and wide open lanes. That means Marshawn could be an elite running back.
Time is not on Marshawn's side. Running backs in the NFL peak at age 27 and production drops off pretty rapidly afterward. Marshawn's career best in terms of carries, yards per carry and total yards was in 2012. How old was Marshawn back then? 26-years-old.
The NFL is a young man's game. While everyone loves the "Beast Mode" persona—and there's something to be said for playing for your hometown—it's hard to see this as anything other than just another over-the-hill player making a last ditch attempt at greatness. We've seen it before, and we will probably see it again.
The smartest thing Marshawn could've done is stay home.