Marshawn Lynch to remain with Raiders in 2018

Dec 31 2017 Carson CA USA Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch is defended by Los Angeles Chargers cornerback Trevor Williams during an NFL football game at Stub Hub Center. Mandatory Credit Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 31 2017 Carson CA USA Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch is defended by Los Angeles Chargers cornerback Trevor Williams during an NFL football game at Stub Hub Center. Mandatory Credit Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Raiders signed veteran running back Doug Martin on Thursday, meaning Oakland's running backs corps now consists of Lynch, Martin, DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard.

On Thursday, NFL Network's Mike Silver reported that "the Raiders have no plans to part ways" with Lynch.

But in a clear sign that the Raiders are going to be running the ball more under new head coach Jon Gruden, they're reportedly going to keep Lynch in the fold.

"Looking at the film in a game that I broadcasted on Christmas night, there's no question he's still a beast", Gruden said, per the San Jose Mercury News. One of the reason's I'm excited to be with the Raiders is to join forces with Lynch. But we'll see what happens. "We have to take a look at the entire roster, but I'm counting on him". But I'm counting on him. Every indication is that Lynch will return.

But as it has been expected, Martin is just another piece to go along with Lynch in the Raiders' backfield. Lynch rushed 207 times for 891 yards (4.3 average) and had 20 receptions for 151 yards and seven total touchdowns for the Raiders in 2017, and appears slated to be the team's lead back again for the upcoming season.

Martin, meanwhile, really hasn't ever matched his production since 1,402-yard season in 2015. He ran for 323 yards, a 3.76 average.

Both players are set to become free agents following the 2018 season.