Marshawn Lynch is officially coming out of retirement and is set to join the Oakland Raiders
The Seattle Seahawks and Raiders have reporetdly finalized a deal that will bring the former champion home to Oakland after he sat out of the 2016 and enjoyed what's now a short retirement. Lynch is expected to join the Raiders on a two-year deal.
That timetable aligns with how long the Raiders are expected to have left in Oakland before their big move to Las Vegas, and the Oakland-native couldn't be happier to try and bring a championship home before the big sendoff.
Lynch is in Oakland as of Wednesday and reportedly cleared a physical with the Raiders, one of the final hurdles in the deal. Marshawn tweeted out perhaps the most Marshawn thing possible with his homecoming and return being finalized:
Marshawn really is from Oakland, of course, a four-star recruit out of Oakland Technical High School before playing college ball for the California Golden Bears. What exactly is town bizness breath, though?
The Town is one of the ways Bay Area natives refer to Oakland, and "town bizness" is essentially a way of saying the embodiment of daily life in Oakland. The following GIF is a great way to summarize it, Warriors hat and all:
The Raiders' star quarterback Derek Carr commented on the possibility of playing with Marshawn and sounds equally thrilled with the opportunity to bring someone as talented into the fold.
"He's one heck of a football player, and I hope to play with him. ... Of course, anyone would want Marshawn Lynch, any quarterback in the NFL," Carr said. "As we add pieces, we'll hug them up and bring them in just as a family and treat them the same way that we do with all of our other teammates."
One of Oakland's biggest needs heading into the offseason was at running back, where many expected the Raiders to replace Latavius Murray after a disappointing season and looming free agency. Murray joined the Vikings, but the Raiders may be better off for it.
Lynch taking a year off may have helped his health, while the Raiders' young duo of Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington can round out a three-man rushing attack. Having Marshawn as a bruiser in short yardage situations.
It's a big get for the Raiders, and a motivated Marshawn leading Oaklands rushing attack may be one of the last pieces they need to push for a championship.
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