Marshawn Lynch is a physical away from officially becoming an Oakland Raider. Beastmode has bucked the Seahawks like a linebacker (or a running back built like a linebacker) on his way to the endzone and found himself a new home with his hometown Raiders.
Lynch retired from football after a shortened 2015 season due to a hernia that required surgery. He officially retired the day of Super 50 on Twitter by sharing a photo that included a pair of cleats hanging from a telephone wire.
Since his retirement, rumours have been swirling about a potential return – not to the Seahawks but, rather, to the Raiders. As of Wednesday, both teams have reached an agreement wherein the Raiders will receive the running back’s rights with a draft compensation that will ultimately be a swap of a couple of late-round draft picks in 2018.
Beastmode has always been a peculiar personality, which is one of the reasons people love him so dearly. But after this deal is officially done, I’m sure Seattle fans will have a fierce distain for the former Seahawks running back.
It was only two seasons ago that Lynch had signed a two-year, $24M contract extension with Seattle, only to rush for 417 yards and 3 touchdowns in six games, and finishing the season with a hernia injury.
The running back did return for the divisional round of the playoffs but, much like his play earlier in the season, he underperformed, carrying the ball 6 times for 20 yards while catching 2 passes for 15 yards in a 31-24 loss to the eventual Super Bowl runners-up, the Carolina Panthers.
What also makes it such a slap in the face for the Seahawks is that Seattle actually took a chance on Marshawn Lynch back in 2010 when the team traded for him. People forget that before Beastmode became a household name in the Emerald City, Lynch was a major question mark coming out of Buffalo.
Statistically he had success, but he had been slightly prone to injury and had personal question marks with a guilty plea on misdemeanour weapons charges during the 2009 off season.
So Seattle not only gave him a second chance at becoming the player he eventually became but they gave him the platform to be himself, which eventually led to him becoming the star that he currently is.
And his repayment to the Seahawks organization is to openly criticize the coaching staff on National television show like Conan O’Brien for not giving him the ball on the one-yard line at Super Bowl 49 or now to jump ship from a team who is in desperate need of running game.
If you’re a Seahawks fan, how could you not be pissed?
He says the only reason he wants to return to football is for the chance to play for his hometown Raiders. Yet his Raiders are abandoning his hometown of Oakland for greener pastures in much the same way as he’s abandoning Seattle.
The Raiders and Lynch have come to an agreement in terms of a contract. The two have agreed on a base-salary of $3M, with the chance to make an additional $2M if he rushes for 1,000 yards. The max value of his contract is $8.5M.
The move is not official yet. Lynch does need to still pass a physical, as well as sign his papers to come out of retirement, but with an agreed deal with Seattle and a contract in place for Lynch, it’s hard to believe his return isn’t all but secured.