On Wednesday afternoon the Oakland Raiders officially announced that they have acquired running back Marshawn Lynch in a trade with the Seattle Seahawks.
To acquire Lynch the Raiders gave the Seahawks their 2018 fifth round pick, while they have also acquired Seattle’s 2018 sixth round pick. Lynch’s deal with the Raiders will be for two years and worth $9 million, with a possibility to earn up to $16.5 million due to incentives.
The 30-year-old Lynch was a first round draft pick in 2007 by the Buffalo Bills out of Cal. He grew up in Oakland where he attended Oakland Technical High School.
In nine NFL seasons he rushed for 9,112 yards and 74 touchdowns while being named to five Pro Bowls and one All-Pro team. His real success came after going to Seattle, where he rushed at least 1,200 yards and 11 touchdowns in four consecutive seasons.
Lynch’s legs will be fresh after taking the 2016 season off, and his workload will not need to be as heavy as in years past as the Raiders have two young running backs in DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard that can help carry the load.
The Raiders official Twitter account put out this video to announce the acquisition of Lynch:
— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) April 26, 2017