The Raiders are reportedly expected to trade for Oakland native and former All-Pro running back Marshawn Lynch if the two sides can agree to a new contract.
If the trade goes through with the Seahawks, Lynch, who sat out the 2016-17 season, will change everything for the Silver and Black, says former Patriots Pro Bowl linebacker Willie McGinest.
"It's an instant difference," McGinest said to TMZ, "because you have to account for him. As a defensive player you always have to account for him. If he's healthy and he's in shape, he's one of the best in the game."
Lynch last played in 2015. That season he only suited up in seven games and rushed for a career-low 417 yards and three touchdowns.
"He hasn't been healthy the last couple of years," McGinest continued. "If he comes in and he's healthy and in shape, that changes everything. They're not only a passing team, but they can do a lot of different things.
"I mean, he's Beast Mode."
McGinest played in New England for 12 seasons. Lynch was rumored to be interested in playing for the Patriots and McGinest asked why he wouldn't choose them over the Raiders with New England coming off a Super Bowl win.
"I think the Raiders are competing, man," McGinest said. "They look pretty good. A couple injuries away, keep guys healthy, couple pieces. They're building a great team there."
With the Seahawks permission, Lynch visited the Raiders facility on April 5.