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New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley has yet to sign his rookie contract but has a concrete plan regarding his spending habits. They’re molded around another star rusher.

“Once I realized when I declared for the NFL draft and kind of realized where I was going to be drafted, that was something I was like, ‘You know what? Kind of want to follow the Marshawn Lynch method (in regards to spending his contract money),” Barkley said Thursday, via ESPN’s Jordan Raanan.

“I don’t want to touch that. I want to invest it, put it in the right peoples’ hands and learn as I continue to make investments. And just live off the endorsement deals.”

Lynch’s pro career, of course, has been ripe with endorsement deals, which include Nike, Pepsi, Skittles, and Progressive.

Barkley, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, already has an endorsement deal with Nike, and recently purchased his parents a house.

“I’ve been promising my mom, I think since I could talk, honestly 2 or 3 years old I know it sounds crazy,” Barkley said. “My family has been through so much and made so many sacrifices for my brothers and sisters.”

If his NFL career is as successful as many have predicted, he’ll have more endorsements headed his way to complement his savings.

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Marshawn Lynch is embarking on a new endeavor as a restaurant owner this summer.

The Raiders running back will be taking over Scend’s Restaurant and Bar, an Oakland-area soul restaurant that’s been around since 1967, following the retirement of longtime owner Cassie Nickelson in August.

“I’m comfortable with him and I like him,” Nickelson, 80, told KTVU.

The two also go way back.

“When he was 9-years-old, he came across the street to get a hamburger and French fries,” she recalled. “Twenty-five-cent French fries and a 75-cent hamburger.”

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Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said Friday he wants some clarity on the Marshawn Lynch situation before the NFL draft begins on April 27.

“At some point, you would like to know. Prior to the draft is that point,” McKenzie said, according to Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

However, McKenzie added that the draft isn’t a concrete deadline to acquire Lynch, and that a deal could still happen after, according to Gehlken.

Lynch and the Raiders need to rework his contract before trade talks can begin with the Seattle Seahawks, who still own the veteran running back’s rights.

It was reported last week that Lynch and the Raiders were closing in on a deal, but there’s been no significant developments since then.

The 30-year-old runner visited the Raiders’ facility on April 5, and head coach Jack Del Rio said Friday “every indication is he (Lynch) is excited to play for the Oakland Raiders,” according to ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez.

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RENTON, Wash. – Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider says the team has not received retirement paperwork for running back Marshawn Lynch.

After the conclusion of the draft Saturday, Schneider said the paperwork has not been filed with the league, but the Seahawks are prepared from a salary cap standpoint whether Lynch’s retirement becomes official before or after June 1.

Asked if he knew when those papers would be filed, Schneider said, ”No. I really don’t. Your guess is as good as mine.”

Coach Pete Carroll reiterated that Lynch is retired and not planning to play this year: ”He’s committed to being retired.”

Lynch announced his intentions to retire during the second half of the Super Bowl, posting a picture on social media. He’s spent some of the offseason in Egypt at a football camp and in Haiti on a relief mission.

 

Marshawn Lynch may be ready to call it quits.

Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider said he’s under the impression that Lynch is “leaning toward retirement” during a Friday appearance on ESPN 710.

Lynch flirted with retirement last offseason as well, but ended up signing a two-year, $24-million contract extension with the Seahawks in March. If he does retire, Lynch would owe the team $5 million in bonus money, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.

“Don’t know at this point. If you put a gun to my head I would say he’s leaning toward retirement but with him, you don’t know,” Schneider said, according to Dave Mahler of Sportsradio 950 KJR.

Schneider added, “If he were to come back and wanted to play, sure, we’d have to adjust some things.”

Lynch turns 30 this year and is coming off an injury-plagued season in which he was limited to seven games and averaged just 3.8 yards per carry – the second-lowest output of his career.

The veteran running back also counts for $11.5 million against Seattle’s salary cap in 2016, while rookie Thomas Rawls carries a cap hit of just $530,000.

At last season’s Super Bowl media day, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch turned his contempt for being required to attend media events into a fun catchphrase.

“I’m just here so I won’t get fined” was Lynch’s response to every question he was asked by reporters.

Now, Lynch can expand on his brand after being granted the trademark for the phrase by the U.S Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday.

Lynch filed for the trademark several weeks after media day, but it’s taken nearly a full year for him to gain the trademark.

He will now be able to use the phrase on sweatshirts, hats, and other apparel. Lynch has been selling T-shirts with the slogan since April.

 

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is expected to miss roughly a month of action after undergoing surgery to address a sports hernia on Wednesday morning, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

It was reported earlier on Tuesday by ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Lynch was set to miss a couple of weeks while recovering from an abdomen injury.

Lynch visited a specialist in Philadelphia on Monday to determine the severity of the injury.

The Seahawks’ superstar missed three games this season due to hamstring and abdomen ailments.

Thomas Rawls filled in admirably in Lynch’s absence on Sunday, rushing for 209 yards and a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers. It’s likely that Rawls will receive the majority of carries in his absence, with Fred Jackson and quarterback Russell Wilson accounting for the rest of the team’s ground attack.

Lynch carried the ball over 280 times in each of the last four seasons and his exceptional workload could be contributing to his injury-riddled campaign.

The five-time Pro Bowler has rushed for 417 yards and three touchdowns on 111 carries through seven games this season.