Raiders agree to deal with Marshawn Lynch

NFL.com is reporting that the Raiders have cleared the two biggest hurdles standing in the way of Lynch's return: a trade agreement with the Seahawks, who still own Lynch's rights, and a contract agreement with Lynch.

After the Lynch news became official, Raiders linebacker Khalil Mack also reacted, except not with words. Seattle gets Oakland's fifth-round pick in exchange for the Raiders sixth-round pick in 2018, according to a report.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports Lynch is scheduled to show up at the Oakland football facility Wednesday to undergo his physical, with a deal in place ready to sign if all goes according to plan.

Lynch passed a physical Wednesday and agreed to a restructured two-year contract. Dealing with the here and now, the reality is that this year's draft class at running back is deep.

Injuries to his hamstring and groin in 2015 limited Lynch to seven games and three touchdowns. It will be just one season, it will be coming to an end in the future.

FILE - In this October 22, 2015, file photo, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) runs against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif. To date, Oakland only has Taiwan Jones, DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard representing the depth chart.

The five-time Pro Bowl selection racked up six 1,000-yard seasons in his career and rushed for 9,112 yards and 74 touchdowns in nine seasons with the Buffalo Bills and Seahawks.

"It's a different thing when you're down that low compared to where you've been the last few years", Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said last week.

But that kind of incident will not happen on the Raiders for one main reason: Lynch loves Oakland.

Seeing Lynch in black and silver would be nice, but the Raiders don't really have to break the bank to sign him. They need to do whatever they can, because the most potent offense in the AFC West just added an element of power and toughness that didn't exist before today.

Indeed, with Beast Mode in the fold, many see the Raiders, who went 12-4 last season and played in the postseason for the first time since 2002, challenging the Patriots for AFC supremacy. There's a great chance that Lynch will inherit a lot of those end-zone opportunities next season.

  • Julie Sanders