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Marshawn Lynch Will Be Traded to Raiders from Seahawks
After 1 year absence, Beast Mode is coming back.
Marshawn Lynch has decided to return to the NFL and he is going to the Oakland Raiders.
The Seattle Seahawks, who nonetheless held his rights after he decided to retire, have traded him, NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport & Mike Garafolo reported this Wednesday.
“Lynch’s representatives and the team have agreed to terms on a one-year contract, and the Raiders and Seahawks have already hashed out the details of a trade that would send Lynch’s rights to his hometown team.”
The two said: “The draft compensation will be a swap of late-round picks in 2018.” Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer later tweeted that “SEA gets OAK 5/OAK get SEA 6. Part of thinking is while Raiders still in Oakland, bring in a veryyyy popular Oakland-area dude.”
He most likely will take a physical Wednesday “after he comes back to the Bay Area from his journey to Haiti, the place he and his former Seahawks teammates Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett have been touring the country to help construct colleges and homes.”
Clarence Hill Jr said on Twitter: “Marshawn Lynch plans to officially announce his signing to the city of Oakland at an autograph signing/block party Thursday, per source”
ESPN’s Adam Schefter later reported that Marshawn would sign a 2 year contract with the Raiders.
Rapoport & Garafolo added: “The Raiders & Lynch have, in recent days, agreed to terms on a contract for the 2017 season. After weeks of negotiation, Oakland agreed to pay Lynch $3 million base, with a chance to make $2 million more if he gains 1,000 yards. The max value of the contract is $8.5 million.”
The 31-year-old NFL Star decided to hang up his cleats at the end of the 2015 season, which we only saw him play only seven regular-season games while coping with an abdomen injury. He did returned just in time for the postseason, but was limited to just 6 carries in a loss to the Carolina Panthers.
Even tho he finished the year with just 417 rushing yards on 3.8 yards per carry, Pro Football Focus rated him Nr. 8 at his position in 2015.
Marshawn Lynch spent some time with the Buffalo Bills and Seahawks in his 9 years in the league, becoming a 5 time Pro Bowler. He ended with at least 1,200 rushing yards & 10 touchdowns from 2011-14.
The 5’11”, 215-pounder also excelled within the postseason, finishing with at least 100 rushing yards in 6 of his 9 games with at least 10 carries.
In Oakland, Marshawn will substitute Latavius Murray as the early-down back who specializes in goal-line work. Murray completed with 12 touchdowns in 2016 behind an elite offensive line.
With DeAndre Washington & Jalen Richard on the roster, Lynch will have the ability to avoid overuse. Assuming Carr can remain in good shape, the Raiders will be one of the top contenders for the Super Bowl.