Just in case you’ve been living under a rock, running back Marshawn Lynch signed with his hometown team, the Oakland Raiders, on Wednesday.
Sometimes, when we hear speculation on professional athletes and where they might end up, those stories have to be taken with a grain of salt. The financial aspects of things have to be taken into account. There are outside factors that determine whether or not these things end up being accurate. Teams, on other occasions, just can’t seem to work out the details, but let’s be honest. Deep down, you just kind of had this idea that the Marshawn Lynch deal with the Oakland Raiders would get done.
Throughout the entire off-season, we were teased with the idea of Lynch coming out of retirement. There was the theory many had that Lynch still had some tread on the tire when he tweeted a photo in 2016 on Super Bowl Sunday of a pair of cleats hanging up, signifying his retirement from the Seattle Seahawks. Lynch made a name for himself with the Buffalo Bills before heading to the pacific-northwest. Many knew of his talent in the locker room and in some regional settings, but it was a divisional game against the New Orleans Saints that introduced him to the rest of the country. On that day we were all baptized by fire, and “Beast Mode” was born.
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As exciting as that was, how certain are we that these types of moments can be reinvented in, first, Oakland and then in Las Vegas? Lynch battled injury in both 2014 and 2015 before sitting out the entire 2016 campaign. There had already been some reports of issues with his spine, but here we are approaching 2017. “Beast Mode” is 31 years old (ancient for a running back), and he’s much too expensive to serve the Raiders in a reserve role alone.
Try a two-year deal with a base of $9 million and a max value of $16.5 million on for size. On second thought, these are the Raiders. Overspending is a part of their culture.
The Seahawks, who still had the rights to Lynch, receive Oakland’s fifth-round pick in 2018. Oakland receives Lynch and Seattle’s sixth-round pick that same year. Many of you are asking if Lynch is capable of duplicating his success in Seattle, and it’s a fair question. There are doubts about whether or not he can, but there’s a better question than the previous that no one’s asking.
What if he does?
Geoffrey Knox is the creator and the owner of The Thunderstorm Hip Hop Sports & Entertainment Network, co-editor for Inside The Iggles and a contributor for Saturday Blitz. Bookmark Thunderstorm Media on BlogtalkRadio.com, iTunes, TuneIn and Stitcher. Follow him on Twitter @GQ_4_Eva, @stormradio66 @stormsports66 & @insideiggles
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