Seahawks and Raiders agree to trade for Marshawn Lynch’s rights.
Lynch’s representatives and the Raiders have an agreement for a two-year contract in place, and the team has hashed out the details of a trade for Lynch’s rights with the Seahawks, multiple sources informed of the negotiations on both sides of the deal said.
The draft compensation will be a swap of late-round picks in 2018. Seattle gets Oakland’s fifth-round pick in exchange for the Seahawks’ sixth-round pick, according to someone informed of the agreement.
As is nearly always the case with Lynch, nothing is done until it’s done. All parties involved were wary of celebrating a deal until Lynch sets foot on the mainland and meets with those necessary to complete a deal. But at this point, sources directly involved in the situation are confident it’ll get done.
The Raiders and Lynch have, in recent days, agreed to terms on a contract for the 2017 season. After weeks of negotiation, Oakland agreed to pay Lynch a $3 million base, with a chance to make $2 million more if he gains 1,000 yards.
Why a swap of late-round picks in the future? A source said both teams didn’t want any uncertainty surrounding this year’s picks so close to the start of the draft.
As soon as Lynch completes the physical, it will cap off months of speculation about his return. He met with the Raiders on April 5 and expressed his desire to play for them. He told them he only wants to play for his hometown team in what amounted to a recruiting visit.
“I think it would be awesome just to have him around,” quarterback Derek Carr told NFL Network’s Steve Wyche two weeks ago. “He’s a great teammate from everyone that I’ve talked to from the couple of Seahawks that we’ve had on our team. They love him.”