Oakland Raiders Update Report: Lynch coming home

April 26, 2017

NFL, Oakland Raiders

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) is tackled by Carolina Panthers outside linebacker Thomas Davis (58) during an NFL football game at Bank of America Stadium on Sunday, January 17, 2016 in Charlotte. The Panthers won 31-24. (Perry Knotts via AP)

By Jeremy Kahn

OAKLAND–Well, the trade to bring home one of Oakland’s most legendary high school players of recent years is about to come into fruition.

Marshawn Lynch, who went to Oakland Technical High School before heading to CAL is about to become the newest member of the Oakland Raiders.

Lynch, who retired after the 2015 season after playing with the Seattle Seahawks will be signing a two-year deal, according to league sources.

The two former AFC Western Division rivals should have the deal finalized on Wednesday afternoon, and he passes his physical, and Lynch will be a Raider officially.

“He’s one heck of a football player, and I hope to play with him. … Of course, anyone would want Marshawn Lynch, any quarterback in the NFL,” Derek Carr said last week. “As we add pieces, we’ll hug them up and bring them in just as a family and treat them the same way that we do with all of our other teammates.”

Lynch was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the 2007 NFL Draft out of CAL, gained 9,112 yards and scored 74 touchdowns while playing for the Bills and the Seattle Seahawks, whom he helped lead to a Super Bowl XLVIII win over the Denver Broncos.

The nine-year veteran will be the veteran leader in the backfield for Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington, both of whom are entering their seasons in the NFL. Lynch will essentially be replacing Latavius Murray, who left for the Minnesota Vikings via free agency.

“Marshawn is one of the best running backs I’ve ever played against in my short career so far,” linebacker Khalil Mack said. “You talk about a player, a hell of a player. It would be a great, great, great treat to have him on this side, on the dark side.”

ESPN.com contributed to this story.


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