NFL SPORTS: Marshawn Lynch officially joins the Raiders
Lynch's trade to the Raiders was made official Wednesday, after he passed his physical with the team.
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.