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The over one-month long saga involving former Seattle Seahawk running back Marshawn Lynch and the Oakland Raiders has finally come to an end.
Lynch has agreed to terms with Oakland. His deal has a $3 million base salary with a bonus worth $2 million if he rushes for more than 1,000 yards in 2017, per Mike Garafolo.
The deal also includes a second year at $3.5 million.
Lynch was not technically a free agent, so the Raiders had to swing a deal with Seattle for the rights to the Oakland native. Since the Seahawks would have taken a $9 million cap hit if they cut him, a favorable trade deal was able to be made.
The Raiders will give Seattle their fifth-round pick in 2018 in exchange for the Seahawks’ 2018 sixth-round pick, according to Mike Garafolo.
If Raider Nation wants to celebrate the signing of the former Cal Bear, they can join Lynch at an autograph signing and block party this Thursday in Oakland, per the Star Telegram’s Clarence Hill Jr.
Marshawn Lynch plans to officially announce his signing to the city of Oakland at an autograph signing/block party Thursday, per source
— Clarence Hill Jr (@clarencehilljr) April 26, 2017
Lynch has also taken to twitter to express his excitement in joining the Raiders.
It's time. pic.twitter.com/sgIQgZlkVM
— Shawn Lynch (@MoneyLynch) April 26, 2017
Update: Lynch has passed his physical and the deal should be finalized soon, per the NFL Network’s Omar Ruiz.
And we have been told that Marshawn has passed his physical. This deal should be finalized soon https://t.co/jnQxGsoWXM
— Omar Ruiz (@OmarDRuiz) April 26, 2017