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Raiders announce they have signed Marshawn Lynch

27 April 2017, 03:49 | Charlene Valdez

The Seattle Seahawks traded running back Marshawn Lynch to the Oakland Raiders Wednesday, marking the end of the Beastmode era in Seattle that started in 2010.

The outlet also first reported the Raiders and Seahawks agreed to swap late-round draft picks in 2018 in a trade for Lynch's rights. According to FOX Sports NFL Insider Jay Glazer, the Seahawks will get Oakland's fifth-round pick in 2018, while the Raiders will get Seattle's sixth-rounder.

Lynch retired from the Seahawks after the 2015 season but he decided he wanted to return to the National Football League and play for the Raiders, which is his hometown team. He still has strong ties to the area through his Beast Mode company and would be a welcome addition for a fan base still stung by the team's pending move to Las Vegas for the 2020 season.

On Monday, the New Orleans Saints made final contract arrangements with Adrian Peterson, signing the All-Pro running back to a two-year deal that'll pay him $3.5 million guaranteed.

Lynch saw his production take a nose dive in 2015 when he was playing (3.8 yards per carry, 59.6 yards per game) and missed 11 games due to injury.

Lynch will thus fill in the void left by Latavius Murray and ramp up the depth chart of the Raiders.

Because the rights to Lynch were still owned by the Seattle Seahawks, the Seahawks had to agree to a deal Lynch to Oakland. Lynch is 31 now, and the list of running backs to run for 1,000 yards in a season after their 31st birthday isn't that long. He was also part of the Super Bowl XLVIII win over the Denver Broncos.

The 6-foot-7, 250-pound Alie-Cox was a four-year standout on the VCU basketball team. Brady's thrown for over 61,500 yards in his career to go along with 456 touchdown passes.

It is very likely that Denver will draft a run-stopper or two who will help the defense stay at the elite level it was the past couple of seasons. He stands to earn US$2 million (approximately AU$2.67 million) more if he gains 1,000 yards.

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