by Jett Gonzales – Staff Reporter
Since the conclusion of the 2016 – 2017 NFL season, post season has been heating up. One of the biggest stories is the possibility of former Seattle Seahawks running back, Marshawn Lynch, coming out of retirement.
The rumor began circulating when the Oakland Raiders showed interest in trying to get Lynch to come out of retirement and play for them. This rumor was pushed aside as most people believed that Lynch was going to stay retired. However, this all changed when Lynch began negotiating with the team, and now the Oakland Raiders are in the process of acquiring the 31-year-old running back. Many people believed that the only way Lynch would come out of retirement would be if he could compete for another Super Bowl ring and if he could play in his hometown, Oakland, California.
The Raiders had one of their best seasons in years last season, going 12 – 4, but lost in the wild card round because of an injury that sidelined their starting quarterback, Derek Carr. Many fans believe the Raiders are just one or two players away from being title contenders, and Lynch could be that player. Last year, the Raiders shuffled through three different running backs throughout the season and Lynch would provide them with a reliable option to carry the ball multiple times a game. The only issue now is figuring out how much the Raiders are willing to pay for Lynch.
Marshawn Lynch is still “owned” by the Seattle Seahawks, and if he were to come out of retirement, he would still be under contract with them. Therefore, if the Raiders want Lynch, they are going to have to give up something to Seattle. Lynch is best known for his nickname “Beastmode” because of his tough and powerful running style. While his running style put up some impressive numbers over his 9-year career, rushing for 9,112 yards and 74 touchdowns, it has also put a lot of wear and tear on his body. Lynch only made it through half of his final season in Seattle before having to sit out due to a sports hernia. He compiled just 417 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Although the process of getting Lynch to Oakland took almost all off-season, on April 26, Lynch was traded to the Oakland Raiders for 2018 late round draft picks. Lynch signed a two-year deal with a base salary of three million. Marshawn Lynch will be heading to Oakland for the 2017 – 2018 NFL season.