Marshawn Lynch has agreed on a two-year deal to become an Oakland Raider. It comes on the back of weeks of speculation of the running backs return from retirement, and its fair to say he is going to settle right in with the silver and black. The Raiders send the Seahawks a 5th round draft pick, as he retired in Seattle so they still own his player rights, but also get a 6th round pick in return.
It’s time. pic.twitter.com/sgIQgZlkVM
— Shawn Lynch (@MoneyLynch) April 26, 2017
Sadly its doubtful that we will see Lynch don the Silver and Black in Las Vegas. The two year deal would mean he is out of contract going into the first season the Raiders are expetced to move away from Oakland. Combine that with the fact Lynch was born in Oakland, went to high school in Oakland and attended college at Cal and you can see that this deal is more about playing for his local team than it is anything else.
The deal looks like a win-win. The Raiders get a power running back the likes they havent seen in years, and all it cost them was moving down one round in the draft. The Seahawks get to move up in the draft for pretty much nothing seeing as Lynch was never going to play for the team.
The move shows that the Raiders reputation continues to improve under GM Reggie McKenzie and head coach Jack Del Rio. There arent many teams that a former player will come out of retirement for! But a young, successful core built on solid coaching foundations will do that for your team, and long may it continue.
The acquistion fills a glaring need for the Raiders and makes them even bigger Super Bowl contenders than they were before. Be ready to chant ‘Beast Mode!’ a lot this coming season.