Broncos will face Marshawn Lynch twice during 2017 season

The Oakland Raiders agreed Wednesday to a two-year contract to bring running back Marshawn Lynch out of retirement, pending a physical. In exchange for five-time Pro-Bowler and Seattle's sixth-round selection in the 2018 National Football League draft, Oakland surrendered its fifth-round selection in that same draft. Lynch played football at Oakland Tech High School where he started gaining recognition for making it almost impossible for the opposing team to bring him down. The Raiders need a power back like Lynch after they lost free agent Latavius Murray to the Minnesota Vikings.

Lynch saw his production take a nose dive in 2015 when he was playing (3.8 yards per carry, 59.6 yards per game) and missed 11 games due to injury.

But the Raiders would be wise to manage Lynch's workload.

The Oakland Raiders quarterback used Twitter on Wednesday to welcome Lynch to the team.

Marshawn Lynch has reportedly reached a deal that could pay him up to $8.5 million.

In nine seasons as a pro, Lynch gained 9,112 yards on the ground, scoring 74 TDs and earning five trips to the Pro Bowl.

It's a done deal, no more Beastmode watch for Seattle Seahawks fans.

Seahawks general manager John Schneider told a Seattle radio station in early April that he had discussed a deal to send Lynch to Oakland with Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie in case Lynch does come out of retirement. Head coach Jack Del Rio later said his impression was that Lynch was "excited to play for the Oakland Raiders".

The 6-foot-7, 250-pound Alie-Cox was a four-year standout on the VCU basketball team. He started 77 of 82 games for Seattle and ranks fourth on the franchise list in rushing yards (6,347) and rushing attempts (1,457), second in rushing touchdowns (57) and third in touchdowns (65).

This season was one of the last chances for Lynch to play in his hometown as the Raiders are set to relocate to Las Vegas in 2020. By the time he retired on Super Bowl Sunday in 2016 Lynch had rushed for 6,347 yards as a Seahawk - fourth in team history behind Shaun Alexander (9,429), Chris Warren (6,706) and Curt Warner (6,705). He retired 14 1/2 months ago and hasn't played a full season since 2014.

  • Julie Sanders