Report: Marshawn Lynch Is Coming Out Of Retirement, Joining Raiders
Marshawn Lynch is reportedly coming out of retirement to play with the Oakland Raiders.
According to a report from the NFL, Lynch has agreed to a two-year deal with the Oakland football team (the city also happens to be his hometown), which is expected to become official on Wednesday after a trade with the Seattle Seahawks.
According to the Raiders, the team gets Lynch and the Seahawks’ sixth-round pick, in exchange for Oakland’s fifth-round pick. Prior to the exchange, Lynch had to pass a physical, which he did Wednesday morning. The “Beast Mode” running back is also required to eventually file papers to unretire.
Lynch’s contract for the 2017 season will pay a $3 million base, with the opportunity to make $2 million more if he gains 1,000 yards. The max value of the contract is $8.5 million.
Lynch’s list of accomplishments has made him a standout player. He is a five-time Pro Bowler and 2012 first-team All-Pro, when he rushed for 1,590 yards and 11 touchdowns while catching 23 passes for 196 yards and a touchdown. He led the NFL with 12 rushing touchdowns in 2013 and 13 rushing touchdowns in 2014 and ran for at least 1,200 yards in four straight seasons from 2011 through 2014.
The football player had initially stated that he would not be returning to the sport anytime soon. Following his first interview after announcing his retirement, Lynch said:
“I’m done. I’m done. I enjoyed my time playing. Now it’s time to watch my cousins do their thing. I’m retired. Is that good enough? Which camera do you want me to look into? This one? I’m done. I’m not playing football anymore.”
Up until announcing his return, Lynch was traveling across the world (even stopping by in Houston, Scotland, to pass out skittles and promote the then-upcoming Super Bowl LI), and attending Golden State Warriors and San Jose Sharks playoff games.