The Raiders did their research on Gareon Conley and felt comfortable in what they found.
Conley, who was accused of rape earlier this month, was selected by the Raiders Thursday with the 24th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
We think he has more than enough left to be a highly productive running back in this league 鈥?even back to his latter couple years when he was playing, McKenzie said. So we think he’s going to be highly productive and we’re excited to have him and he is extremely excited to be here, playing for the Oakland Raiders.
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The team signed Lynch to a two-year contract on April 26 after the Seahawks agreed to a trade with the Raiders to send the rusher’s rights to his hometown of Oakland.
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Once it was word that he may come out of retirement and Oakland was a place to land, I was really excited, McKenzie added. So when that team took off, we stayed in pursuit and I was happy that it worked out.
Lynch, who turned 31 last month, averaged more than 1,300 yards per season from 2011-14 but saw a decline in production as injuries got the best of him. The five-time Pro Bowler ran for 1,306 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2014 while helping the Seahawks reach the Super Bowl for the second straight year before stepping away from football following an injury-plagued 2015 season.