The wait is finally over, as the Seahawks and Raiders have a deal to send Marshawn Lynch to Oakland after plenty of rumors.
According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo and Ian Rapoport, Lynch is expected to be traded to the Raiders on Wednesday, as a contract with the team and trade terms are now in place. The deal involves a swap of late-round draft selections in the 2018 NFL Draft.
The only thing remaining before the deal becomes official is a physical for Lynch, which will happen as soon as he returns from Haiti where he has been helping build schools and houses with Seahawks defensive linemen Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett. According to Rapoport, Lynch is expected to return from Haiti on Wednesday to finalize the deal.
Reports surfaced Friday that indicated Lynch would have a deal complete soon, so this comes as no surprise that the return of Marshawn Lynch has finally been complete. He’ll be replacing Latavius Murray, who departed for Minnesota in free agency this offseason.
Lynch retired after his 2015 season was plagued with injuries, which included a sports hernia, as well as hamstring issues. He posted a picture of a pair of cleats hanging on a wire during Super Bowl 50.
In early April, he visited the Raiders and reportedly told them that he planned to unretire.
BeastMode will now likely finish his career in Oakland where he was born and raised. He played his college football at Cal, and with the Raiders moving to Las Vegas in the near future, it’s the perfect way to send the Raiders off.
The Raiders are built to win now, as well as in the future. Derek Carr had a breakout season, with Khalil Mack leading the defense for the 12-4 Raiders. Adding a bruising back like Lynch — assuming he plays like we’re used to seeing — can only help the Raiders.