Marshawn Lynch comeback almost done after Raiders and Seahawks make deal

Andrew Cummings
April 26, 2017

Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie would like some resolution before the draft next week on whether running back Marshawn Lynch wants to come out of retirement and be traded to the Raiders.

Of course, Lynch is still technically under contract with the Seahawks and must be traded or released by Seattle in order for him to officially join the Raiders.

The problem for Lynch is that the Raiders don't want to pay him a dime more than $3 million, according to the Chronicle. Actually, it recreates a similar three-headed running back dynamic that they possessed past year, and if Lynch is anything like he was in his prime, it could be even better. For the team that kicked off this marathon of a night with the No. 1 overall pick - the Oakland Raiders - its decision ended up being one of the worst misfires in National Football League draft history. That's expected to be less of an issue than getting a deal done. Instead, McKenzie gave Schneider a draft pick for his trouble. Even Beast Mode wears down due to punishment, especially as time passes.

He will look to bounce back from an injury plagued final season with Seattle when he carried just 111 times for 417 yards and three touchdowns. If there are hangups, though, the Peterson deal should provide a good blueprint for Lynch in Oakland. Alec Nathan of Bleacher Report said the Raiders may pick DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard.

Beast Mode will earn a $3 million salary playing for Oakland, but gets a $2 million bonus if he rushes for 1,000 yards, according to

Oakland, which lost former Pro Bowl running back Latavius Murray to the Vikings in free agency, has reportedly been impressed that Lynch appears to be in great shape.

Matt Gutierrez carries a Raiders flag by the sign welcoming visitors to Las Vegas, Monday, March 27, 2017.

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