Marshawn Lynch will indeed end up in Oakland for next season.
Lynch reportedly has a two-year agreement with the Raiders that could be worth $8.5 million.
The Raiders agreed to send Seattle their fifth-round pick in 2018 in exchange for Seattle’s sixth next year.
Lynch confirmed it with a tweet:
It's time. pic.twitter.com/sgIQgZlkVM
— Shawn Lynch (@MoneyLynch) April 26, 2017
Here’s how the unique story played out over the past few weeks:
Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie said the deadline for a deal is the draft — next Thursday. The sides reportedly are at least $1.5 million apart, with the Raiders offering $3 million and Lynch wanting at least $4.5 million.
Lynch responded to reports April 14 that he had a deal with the Raiders:
If u kno me you kno my business is my business and if u don’t kno me that’s a fun fact for ya… when shit get REAL I’ll let you kno!!!!
— Shawn Lynch (@MoneyLynch) April 14, 2017
The Seahawks and Raiders are expected to work out a trade if Lynch and the Raiders come to terms on a reworked contract. Also, Lynch apparently does not have to officially unretire if he is traded.
Lynch reportedly would consider playing for the Patriots if he can’t get a deal with the Raiders. Many think this is a leverage play for both Lynch (with the Raiders) and the Patriots (with LeGarrette Blount).
Lynch visited Oakland on April 5 and reportedly told the Raiders he wants to come back. Also, John Schneider told 710 ESPN he has talked to McKenzie, a longtime friend, about the situation.
— 710 ESPN Seattle (@710ESPNSeattle) April 5, 2017
At the NFL owners meetings, Pete Carroll said Lynch is “somewhat entertaining the thought of” coming back, but Carroll said, “I can’t tell you how strong it is.”
Asked if he could return to Beast Mode level, Carroll said, “I don’t know. Depends on how he has approached this offseason. He looked OK (when Carroll saw him 10 days ago). The mentality that it takes to play this game the way he plays the game, he has to really be invested and ready because he goes deep when he plays. And whether or not that is still in him and the burn is still there, I couldn’t tell that from talking to him.”
At the NFL owners meetings, John Schneider said: “I talk to his representatives all the time. They have a ton of players. Marshawn, what I can tell you is he’s on reserve/retired as a Seattle Seahawk right now. And that’s where it stands. It kind of took off like wildfire for one weekend.”
At the NFL owners meetings, McKenzie was asked about Lynch and the RB position in general:
McKenzie said that “dynamic duo” of RBs Richard and Washington “can get it done” but acknowledged team could add “a banger, a bigger body”
— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) March 28, 2017
Three of us sat down with Reggie McKenzie. He laughed at Skittles joke but obviously had no comment on retired RBs.
— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) March 28, 2017
Andrew Brandt, who worked with Schneider and McKenzie in Green Bay, does not think the two GMs will work out a trade involving Lynch. “What leverage do you possibly have to get even a seventh-round draft pick? The Raiders know you don’t want him.”
Lynch was either confirming his interest or just fanning the flames when he retweeted a comment from Ice Cube:
Lynch’s agent, Doug Hendrickson, told KNBR: “It wouldn’t shock me in three days if he says, ‘Hey, I want to play.’ It wouldn’t shock me if he says, ‘Nah, I don’t know where this came from. I don’t want to play.'” … He does miss football, no question. He loves the game of football. He’s 30. But, until I meet with him this week, I don’t know what his mindset is. He’s the kind of guy that can shift by the hour.”
From Peter King of MMQB.SI.com: “This Lynch-to-the-Raiders story, birthed by ESPN, is real. Late Saturday night I talked to an excellent West Coast source on this story. ‘He really wants to play for the Raiders,. He also wants to do good things for his foundation in the area. This is a great chance to accomplish both things.’”
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media said: “1. Source on un-retiring says it’s ‘realer than it’s ever been’ … 2. It’s #Raiders or bust.”
Michael Robinson, a good friend of Lynch, said: “Out of all the rumors of Marshawn coming back, I think this is probably the most real one.” He also said Oakland is probably the only team Lynch would play for.
Meanwhile, Raiders punter Marquette King has been doing some creative recruiting of Lynch:
— Marquette King (@MarquetteKing) March 19, 2017