Lynch began taking part in team drills during Tuesday's OTA, Alex Flanagan of NFL Network reports.
After sitting out the first week of OTAs, the bruising veteran was back out on the field Tuesday, taking part in a variety of drills with the other running backs. It was originally believed Lynch would sit out for the entirety of OTAs in order to continue learning the offense, but it appears he will at least get some conditioning in this week.
Lynch isn't dealing with any injuries or health concerns, but the Raiders are keeping the 31-year-old on the sidelines during OTAs as he continues to learn the new system. He may not suit up for practice until training camp, but for now, seventh-round pick Elijah Hood figures to see additional reps at running back as Lynch serves as his mentor.
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.
|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|