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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.

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has made a habit of resisting NFL rules in recent weeks, causing a veteran player of the divison rival Arizona Cardinals to speak out against his actions.

Appearing on 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh, Cardinals linebacker Larry Foote explained that Lynch’s antics could be sending the wrong message to children, according to ESPN’s Terry Blount.

“He always mentions his foundation and what he likes to do for the city of Oakland,” Foote said. “I’m from the same type of urban environment that he’s from. The biggest message he’s giving these kids, he might not want to admit it, is ‘the hell with authority. I don’t care, fine me. I’m gonna grab my crotch. I’m gonna do it my way.'”

With Lynch being in a position where many kids look up to him, Foote worries that the running back could be having a negative impact on their behavior.

In the real world, it doesn’t work that way. It just doesn’t. How can you keep a job? I mean, you got these inner-city kids. They don’t listen to teachers. They don’t listen to police officers, principals. And these guys can’t even keep a job because they say ‘F authority.’

Lynch was fined for his crotch-grabbing celebration in the NFC Championship Game, and he spent Super Bowl week refusing to take questions at his required media availability.