Marshawn Lynch is bringing Beastmode to the Bay Area. At least for a year.
After deciding to unretire, Lynch has agreed to a deal to a deal with the Oakland Raiders. The Seattle Seahawks will swap 2018 NFL Draft picks with the Raiders to complete the deal. The swap of picks is likely to include ones in the late rounds, although the picks could also be disclosed as conditional, depending on how Lynch performs in 2017.
The deal is technically for two years, but essentially boils down to a one year contract. With uncertainty surrounding Lynch’s level of play, as well as where the Raiders will call home in 2018 and beyond, it will be interesting to see how things play out this season. Lynch was rather unimpressive during his final season with the Seahawks before announcing his retirement prior to the 2016 season. Then again, he will be running behind a much more dominant offensive line in Oakland next season.
Quarterback Derek Carr is already excited about the news of Lynch playing behind him in Oakland’s backfield. “I think it would be awesome just to have him around,” quarterback Carr told NFL Network’s Steve Wyche two weeks ago. “He’s a great teammate from everyone that I’ve talked to from the couple of Seahawks that we’ve had on our team. They love him.”