The announcement is merely a formality after it was announced Wednesday morning that the Seahawks had agreed to trade Lynch and a 2018 sixth-round pick to Oakland in exchange for the Raiders' 2018 fifth-round pick. Prior to the trade, Lynch agreed to sign a one-year contract with a $3 million base salary, which will include a $2 million bonus if he rushes for more than 1,000 yards this season. Lynch has shown in the past that he's capable of reaching that benchmark, but it's no longer a safe bet that he'll be the bruising back of old now that he's on the wrong side of 30 and coming off a season away from football. In any case, Lynch figures to open 2017 as the Raiders' starting running back, with Jalen Richard, DeAndre Washington and Taiwan Jones falling behind him on the depth chart. In his last season with the Seahawks in 2015, Lynch ran 417 yards and three touchdowns over seven games.
The Seahawks have reached an agreement to trade Lynch to the Raiders, pending the running back's passing of a physical Wednesday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. In return, the Seahawks will swap their sixth-round pick in 2018 in exchange for the Raiders' 2018 fifth-round pick, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network.
Lynch sat out the 2016 season and announced his retirement from the NFL, but the 31-year-old couldn't turn down the allure of playing for his hometown team. According to Garafolo and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Lynch has agreed to sign a one-year, $3 million contract, which will include an additional $2 million if he gains more than 1,000 yards this season. Lynch projects to serve as the Raiders' starting running back following the offseason departure of Latavius Murray, and the team is hoping a year away from the game has helped rejuvenate him. The five-time Pro Bowler showed diminished effectiveness while fighting through injuries in his last season in 2015, playing seven games and averaging 3.8 yards per carry.
Seahawks general manager John Schneider said Monday that Lynch is still trying to work out a contract with the Raiders, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports. "Yeah, I would think [Raiders GM] Reggie [McKenzie] would want to go into the draft knowing that they have another runner or not,'' Schneider said.
While the matter of compensation between the Raiders and Seahawks doesn't seem to be a major issue, Lynch is apparently having a tough time reaching acceptable terms with his prospective team. The two sides still seem likely to work out a deal, but Schneider suggested the clock is ticking, pointing to the upcoming draft as a possible deadline. Though it's probably more of a soft deadline, there's little question the Raiders would like to settle Lynch's situation by the end of the week. With the draft only two days away, Lynch may feel some pressure to reduce his contract expectations.
Lynch's future is something Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie would like to have determined prior to next Thursday's draft, Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Lynch, by mostly all accounts, is seeking to return from retirement and play for his hometown Raiders this season. Despite that being public knowledge at this point, Oakland and his representatives have yet to come to terms on a contract. Once that occurs, the Raiders and Seahawks, who still hold Lynch's rights, will need to agree on a trade. That process is clear, but the dominoes remain in wait of a push, which McKenzie rightfully hopes will occur ahead of next week's draft.
Lynch has not yet reached terms on a contract with the Raiders, Jerry McDonald of The Mercury News reports.
Lynch was reported earlier Friday to have closed a deal with the Raiders, but it appears that isn't yet the case. Nonetheless, it seems the Oakland native will soon clear the way for the Seahawks to trade him to the Raiders. While Lynch -- whose rights still belong to Seattle -- will need to be reinstated before he can be dealt, that too seems a formality. By nearly all accounts, Lynch figures to be in silver and black this season, but just when his ticket home will be punched remains to be seen.
|P1||8/12/17||@ ARI||10:00 pm|
|P3||8/26/17||@ DAL||8:00 pm|
|1||9/10/17||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
|3||9/24/17||@ WAS||8:30 pm|
|4||10/1/17||@ DEN||4:25 pm|
|8||10/29/17||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
|9||11/5/17||@ MIA||8:30 pm|
|Bye: Week 10|
|14||12/10/17||@ KC||1:00 pm|
|16||12/25/17||@ PHI||8:30 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ LAC||4:25 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|