Raiders want decision on Lynch by NFL draft

Ross Houston
April 27, 2017

According to multiple reports, the Seattle Seahawks have agreed to trade running back Marshawn Lynch to the Oakland Raiders. In the new contract, he gets paid a base of $3 million, but stands to make $2 million more if he rushes for more than 1,000 yards.

Earlier in the day, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo reported Lynch and the Raiders came to terms on a contract.

Not only is former Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch ending his retirement, but Chiefs fans will see him twice this season.

Lynch saw his production take a nose dive in 2015 when he was playing (3.8 yards per carry, 59.6 yards per game) and missed 11 games due to injury.

Lynch, 31, last played in the National Football League during the 2015 season with the Seahawks, appearing in seven games. Again, Oakland would not be precluded from still drafting a running back, but it would definitely change their plans if they knew that they had Lynch in the fold for next season. He attended Oakland Technical High and played college football up the road in Berkeley at California.

Oakland will also receive Seattle's sixth-round draft pick in the deal. The Raiders are looking at Lynch to replace Latavius Murray as their primary rusher.

The Raiders announced Wednesday they acquired Lynch in a trade with the Seattle Seahawks. "You're talking about one of the most physical guys I've played against, running back-wise".

Quarterback Derek Carr was one of the first Raiders players to welcome Lynch on social media Wednesday morning. He has also logged 252 receptions for 1,979 yards and nine touchdowns through the air.

After being selected by the Bills in the first round (12th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft, he played in 45 games with 37 starts in three-plus seasons with the club.

It is very likely that Denver will draft a run-stopper or two who will help the defense stay at the elite level it was the past couple of seasons.

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