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Eight NFL players who will shine again in 2017

Marshawn Lynch, running back, Seattle Seahawks

Lynch is all about that action, boss. It’s pretty much a foregone conclusion that this former Pro Bowler will suit up for the Oakland Raiders in 2017, ending his one-year retirement.

Lynch will be 31 years old when the 2017 campaign kicks off. He struggled through an injury-plagued 2015 season, one that ultimately led to him hanging up his cleats (literally). This will lead some to believe that Lynch won’t be able to return to form in 2017.

That would be a foolish conclusion to draw. First off, Oakland boasts the second-best offensive line in the NFL behind Dallas. It has a passing offense with Derek Carr, Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree, that makes Seattle’s version of an air attack look stuck in the mud.

More than that, Lynch will be motivated to perform at a high clip in front of his hometown crowd in what will be one of the Raiders’ final seasons in Oakland before moving to Las Vegas.

That’s enough for us to believe Lynch will grant the city of Oakland one last parting gift as it prepares for life without Raiders football. Heck, wouldn’t it be magical if Lynch were to lead Oakland to a Super Bowl title?

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Vincent Frank

Vincent Frank

Editor-at-large, Sportsnaut.

“You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?” Rumi