We have acquired RB Marshawn Lynch.
— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) April 26, 2017
It’s finally official, BEAST MODE IS BACK! The Raiders announced today that the rights to Marshawn Lynch have been acquired from the Seattle Seahawks. According to NFL.com, the Seahawks will trade Lynch and a 6th-round pick in 2018 to Oakland for a 5th-round pick in 2018. The Raiders and Lynch recently agreed to a contract that includes a base salary of $3 million for this season and a chance at getting up to $8.5 million with performance-based incentives. Lynch will now be able to live out a lifelong dream of playing for his hometown Raiders.
It’s time. pic.twitter.com/sgIQgZlkVM
— Shawn Lynch (@MoneyLynch) April 26, 2017
The Raiders are the right fit for Marshawn in so many ways. Him being from Oakland tops the list, but he will also get the chance to play behind one of the best offensive lines in the NFL. He also fills a hole that was created by Latavius Murray’s departure to Minnesota in the off-season. In my opinion, the addition of Lynch makes the Raiders the second best team in the AFC, behind only the Pats of course. Every NFL fan knows what Lynch is capable of, which is why this only makes Oakland even scarier than they were before. A motivated Beast Mode will give defenses nightmares, and he certainly seems motivated to suit up for the Raiders.
He did miss a whole year, so I wouldn’t expect him to be a workhorse this season. But I do believe he will get a significant amount of touches. They still have a great running back behind him in Jalen Richard and would be foolish not to compliment him with Lynch. A combination of Richard and Lynch could potentially create a deadly dual-threat option for the Raiders.
I said it when I first blogged about a potential return a couple months ago and I’ll say it again, the NFL needs guys like Marshawn Lynch. An expressive personality like his is something that the league desperately needed last season. Not being able to watch Lynch run through people last season was pretty hard, so I’m super excited to see him back on the gridiron.
Written By: Nick Cherico (@NickCherico2)