Well folks, the most devastatingly powerful runningback of our generation is officially back in the NFL, as Marshawn Lynch and the Raiders have reached an agreement, and it is expected that the Seahawks will complete the trade of Lynch (pending a physical) sometime in the very near future.
"Beast Mode" shocked the world when he retired from the NFL following the 2015 season, and while many speculated he would return to the NFL at some point, things were very uncertain. But now, he's heading home. Marshawn Lynch eats, sleeps, and bleeds everything Oakland, and I am thrilled that he will get to suit up in the Black and Silver for their final two seasons in Oak-town before they head to Vegas.
Lynch's deal is speculated to be around 3$ million per year for a 2-year deal, with a $2 million dollar incentive if he breaks 1,000 yards, with a max value of about 8.5$ on the table for Beast Mode.
Marshawn Lynch absolutely dominated his one year of retirement just as he did opposing defenses for years, by making headlines all year long for the exact right reasons, by just being him, traveling the world and spreading joy everywhere. For a man of very few words, he was more vocal in retirement than all of his NFL seasons combined, and I have absolutely no doubts that he will take the NFL by storm once again.
The addition of Lynch automatically makes the Raiders a Super Bowl contender, as if they weren't already. Last season they played incredible, and looked like they would challenge the Pat's to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl, but after Derek Carr went down with a leg-injury, their hopes and dreams were squashed.
I am a big-time Raiders guy, I've felt bad for those fans for years as they have stayed very true to the Black and Silver even in the worst of seasons, and my heart broke for them when the team decided to leave for Las Vegas, but I hope Marshawn and the awesome core they already have from last year can bring a Super Bowl title to Oakland before they pack their bags.