Shannon: Teams very clearly don't want to pay Adrian Peterson
SHANNON: "My reaction is, this is bad news for Adrian Peterson.
"And I'm afraid Mr. Peterson may have priced himself out of this market, Skip, because you see Minnesota move in a different direction. The GM, Chris Spielman, comes out and says, 'Adrian is moving on. We're moving on, he's moving on.'
"Seattle signed a 267-pound Eddie Lacy and had to put incentive weight clauses in the contract [instead of looking at Peterson]. So we're seeing where teams are going in a different direction, minus the best running back of his generation."
SKIP: "And one quick point, Dallas did go ahead and re-up with Darren McFadden yesterday, which effectively eliminated them."
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Shannon: Lynch isn't better than Peterson, but he is more valuable
SHANNON: "I think the thing is that they don't see Adrian Peterson as a three-down back anymore. He's a two-down back that can run mainly from ... eight yards deep, toss him in and ball.
"Marshawn Lynch, not only can he run from the I-formation, he can also run from the offset, from the pistol, because we saw a lot of zone-reads with him and Russell Wilson when he was in there. And a lot of teams run that type of offense in today's game. He's more versatile.
"Now is he a better running back? No, he's not a better running back than Adrian Peterson, but I think he might be in the range of something that the Raiders can stomach. I just don't see how Adrian Peterson gets $10 to $12 million."
Shannon: Lynch still has something to prove
SHANNON: "And also, Skip, Marshawn has gotten the world travel thing out [of his system]. He was in Scotland, I saw him walking his bike, it was funny.
"But you know what I think the thing is, Skip? I think Marshawn, after that Super Bowl [loss to the Patriots], I don't think he got that taste out of his mouth.
"I don't think he ever let go of that. He could not understand, after I ran so well in this game, and we have the ball on the one-yard line, why would you not give it to me at least one more time?
"He voiced his opinion that I don't know what they were thinking. 'Maybe they didn't want me to win MVP. Maybe they didn't want me to be special that day.' I don't think he's ever gotten over that, and I think it left a sour taste in his mouth."
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Shannon: Lynch is the best fit for the Raiders
SHANNON: "Obviously, he would have to be released, or they would have to make a trade for him, but Skip, I like this. He's a Bay kid. He's an Oakland kid. His family's there, his friends are there. This makes perfect sense to me.
"They also have [Jalen] Richard, the great scat back, who's a returner, but he's very, very good on third-down, so you wouldn't have to rely so much on Marshawn.
"If they get Marshawn, I don't think they're getting him for a hundred carries. He's probably going to carry the ball 200 tmes, 225 times this year. ...
"I believe of all the backs that's out there, I believe he's probably the best fit for the Raiders."
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Shannon: What does this all say about Peterson?
SHANNON: "Think about this: [The Raiders] would rather have a guy that was retired for a year as opposed to a guy that was an MVP and a 2,000-yard rusher. ...
"Think about it, Skip. How hard he trains, how hard he conditions, and works out, and eats properly — and Seattle said, 'We would rather take a guy that we've got to motivate.' Not only are we paying him $3.5 million, but we've got to put incentives in his contract to make sure he makes weight once a month.
"So what does that say, Skip?"
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Skip: Don't be so sure Lynch is still 'Beast Mode'
SKIP: "This is the question I have, and I'm with you on what happened in Seattle. I don't think [Marshawn] ever recovered from what happened on their last play of the Super Bowl.
"And yet, the question I can't answer: did he lose heart because of that play, or did he lose some desire for running into people? Because I don't know.
"If you can argue with me it's all lost heart, that he still has two years of good football left in his body ... then you are correct, it's not even close, you have to go Marshawn.
"But if he lost some desire for running into people, you might be in for a rude awakening when you get to Game 2 or 3 and you're wondering, 'Where's Beast Mode?'"