Marshawn Lynch applied for reinstatement a couple of days ago, so now the Oakland Raiders and the Seattle Seahawks are working a trade in order to send the superstar and polarizing running back to his native Oakland according to Ian Rapport of NFL Network via his Twitter account.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 13, 2017
I previously pointed out that the Raiders don’t need Lynch in order to strive since they already have the foundation to do so. However, Lynch would bring even more excitement and energy to the team and more importantly, the city of Oakland.
Furthermore, if and when Lynch joins the Raiders, a trade was and is the most rational choice. With a cap hit of $9 million and cap space of $10.7 million, the Seahawks are not in the position to absorb Lynch’s salary nor release him.
Bringing Lynch to the Raiders is not a must, but it would certainly be a good development for the team and fans alike. A development that is one step closer to reality as reported earlier by Mario Tovar of RaiderRamble.com today.
Per the NFL, this is the latest on Lynch:
Marshawn Lynch is officially a member of the Oakland Raiders.
The Raiders announced Wednesday they acquired Lynch in a trade with the Seattle Seahawks. Lynch and the Raiders earlier agreed to terms on a contract that allowed him to come out of retirement and play for his hometown team.
The only thing that was standing in the way of the trade was Lynch’s passing a physical for the Raiders, which he did on Wednesday morning, a source informed of the situation said.
The draft compensation will be a swap of late-round picks in 2018. According to the Silver and Black, Seattle gets Oakland’s fifth-round pick in exchange for Lynch and the Seahawks‘ sixth-round pick.