Marshawn Lynch Traded to Raiders from Seahawks

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 26, 2017

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 20:  Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks runs the ball against  Nick Perry #53 of the Green Bay Packers during the first quarter in their game at Lambeau Field on September 20, 2015 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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After a one-year absence, Beast Mode is back.

Running back Marshawn Lynch, an Oakland native and Cal product, has announced he is returning to the NFL and will play for the Oakland Raiders (warning: contains profanity):

The Seattle Seahawks, who still held Lynch's rights after he retired, have traded him, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo reported 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 added, "The draft compensation will be a swap of late-round picks in 2018."

Fox Sports' Jay Glazer later tweeted: "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."

According to Rapoport and Garafolo, Lynch will likely take a physical Wednesday "after he returns to the Bay Area from his trip to Haiti, where he and his former Seahawks teammates Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett have been touring the country to help build schools and houses."

ESPN's Adam Schefter later reported Lynch would sign a two-year contract with the Raiders.

Rapoport and Garafolo added: "The Raiders and 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."

Raiders star quarterback Derek Carr reacted to the news on Twitter:

The 31-year-old Lynch decided to hang up his cleats at the end of the 2015 season, which saw him play just seven regular-season games while dealing with an abdomen injury. He returned in time for the postseason but was limited to six carries in a loss to the Carolina Panthers.

While Lynch finished the year with just 417 rushing yards on 3.8 yards per carry, Pro Football Focus rated him No. 8 at his position in 2015.

Lynch spent time with the Buffalo Bills and Seahawks in his nine years in the league, becoming a five-time Pro Bowler. He finished with at least 1,200 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns from 2011 to 2014.

The 5'11", 215-pounder also excelled in the postseason, posting at least 100 rushing yards in six of his nine games with at least 10 carries.

In Oakland, Lynch will replace the departed Latavius Murray as the early-down back who specializes in goal-line work. Murray finished with 12 touchdowns in 2016 behind an elite offensive line.

With DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard on the roster, Lynch will be able to avoid overuse. Assuming Carr can remain healthy, the Raiders should be one of the top contenders for the Super Bowl.

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