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Author: Jon Kuzma
Marshawn Lynch has agreed to terms with the Oakland Raiders and it’s becoming more evident that Lynch will indeed play in 2017. After missing the whole 2016 season that’s great news for Best Mode’s fans and Lynch has certainly grown into a fan favorite over the course of his career. Lynch has a big time anti-establishment type of personality but at the same time he is extremely loyal to his teammates. That makes Lynch always a favorite in the locker room and just having this guy on your roster can uplift your team’s morale. The other 52 players on the roster know that they are going to get Marshawn Lynch’s all every time he steps on the football field. That sets a great precedent for the other players on the team and it also helps the other guys raise their own level of play. So Marshawn Lynch is an emotional lightning rod for the team he plays for and that’s why the Raiders were compelled to agree to some kind of terms with Lynch. The interesting part of this deal is the fact that the Raiders still have to trade with the Seahawks to acquire Marshawn Lynch. Apparently the Raiders feel like they can make that trade happen however don’t be surprised if Seattle tries to raise the price on Lynch. Even though the Seahawks aren’t getting anything from a retired Marshawn Lynch they still have to feel shorted by the fact that Lynch will play for the Raiders and not them. That could cause Seahawks General Manager John Schneider to try to throw a wrench in Lynch’s plans to un-retire. So keep an eye out on whether or not the Raiders can smoothly acquire the rights to Lynch or if they have to overpay for the veteran running back’s services? That factor will have a big outcome on whether or not Lynch can officially sign with the Raiders and get back on the football field in 2017. Expect the Seahawks to aim high in that trade with a 3rd round draft pick but the Raiders will only want to give up a 4th or 5th. So the trade itself is where football fans should be focusing their attention. Especially if you’re a Raiders fan and don’t want to give up too much to bring Marshawn Lynch in.
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