The most anticipated homecoming in the NFL is finally a reality. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, the Seattle Seahawks have agreed to trade Marshawn Lynch to the Oakland Raiders.
Lynch, an Oakland native, retired from the NFL following the 2015 season, but had recently shown interest in rejoining the league. It was reported back on April 14 that the Raiders and Lynch had agreed to terms of a deal, and that the ball was in the Seahawks' court to complete a trade; a trade that was figured to be nothing more than a formality at the time.
According to reports, the Seahawks and Raiders will swap late round picks in 2018 in exchange for the rights to Lynch. Seattle will send its sixth round pick to Oakland in exchange for the Raiders fifth round pick. Lynch’s deal with the Raiders is reportedly a two-year deal worth $3 million base, with added incentives should he eclipse the 1,000 yard mark.
In his final season in the league Lynch battled injuries and rushed for just 417 yards in seven games played. However, the year prior he played in all 16 games and rushed for 1,306 yards, averaging 4.66 yards per carry.
If his body is healthy and he has any gas left in the tank, then the Raiders just got a steal.
Earlier today Lynch took to twitter to thank the Seahawks fans and more or less make the deal official.
“Yes Lawd 12th man I'm thankful but [expletive] just got REAL I had hella fun in Seattle…But I'm really from Oakland doe like really really really from Oakland doe... town bizzness breath on me."
Fans in Oakland are ecstatic, but so are his new teammates.
Woke up feeling like it was Christmas 😬😬😬— Bruce Irvin (@BIrvin_WVU11) April 26, 2017
👀👀— Khalil Mack (@52Mack_) April 26, 2017
I woke up this morning in beastmode 😎let's get it #raidernation— Donald Penn (@DPENN70) April 26, 2017
It's gonna be a fun day at work today #BEASTMODE— Oni Omoile (@Oni_Omoile) April 26, 2017
The Raiders open the 2017-18 season on September 10 in Tennessee against the Titans, and play their first home game the following weekend when they host the New York Jets.