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The Oakland Raiders Sign Marshawn Lynch

Marshawn Lynch

Marshawn Lynch Signs with the Oakland Raiders

Running back Marshawn Lynch is making a return to the NFL, signing with the Oakland Raiders. After being removed from the NFL for just one season, Marshawn Lynch will make a return, his way. Lynch had been contractually bound to the Seahawks for two more seasons. However, Seattle, Oakland, and Lynch alike have come to an agreement to bring him to his hometown. Considering the Raiders were in desperate need of a running back, Lynch can be the dynamo they need. That is of course if he can get back to his 2014 form.

Recent History Suggests Struggle

Upon passing a physical, Marshawn Lynch looks ready to begin the road to the Sunday show. Lynch has been dominant in the  majority of his career. However, he had his struggles in his final season with Seattle, finishing with 417 yards on 111 carries. In the 2014 season, he had an average of 3.8 yards per carry, tied for the second lowest in his career. Additionally, Lynch suffered from a couple of injuries in 2014. Lynch pulled a hamstring in week three and suffered a sports hernia in week 10 that ended his season.

Change In Scenery

The reoccurring struggle that running backs in Seattle similarly face comes from offensive line. The Seahawks have not done much to build continuity on their offensive line in recent years. Lynch will be looking at a much stronger line at the point of attack. An offensive line that can make holes for running backs relative to the Grand Canyon. Donald Penn, Kelechi Osemele, and Rodney Hudson all earned Pro Bowl honors while Osemele was named an All-Pro. Furthermore, Lynch will have a better opportunity for success running behind the bruisers in Oakland for the next two years.

No Contact to a Contract

Originally it was reported that there were no talks between Marshawn and the Seahawks. Of course that did not last long. Lynch agreed to a two year contract that pays a base salary of $3 million. The contract also contains incentives that gives it a max value of $8.5 million. The Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks traded the running backs rights for a late round pick in next years draft. Oakland received Seattles’  sixth-round draft pick in the 2018 Draft, while the Hawks picked up the Raiders fifth-round pick.

We all hope to see Marshawn back at the Super Bowl Media Day within the next couple of years. The only question remaining is what quote will he throw our way next.