Wednesday’s roundup: Oakland deals for Seattle’s Lynch
Alameda, Calif. — Marshawn Lynch is coming out of retirement after agreeing on a two-year deal with the Raiders that paved the way for a trade to his hometown team in Oakland.
Lynch passed a physical Wednesday and agreed to a restructured two-year contract. Those were the final steps needed before Seattle could trade his rights along with a 2018 sixth-round pick to the Raiders for a 2018 fifth-rounder.
Lynch also must apply to the NFL for reinstatement from the retired list before he can play with the Raiders.
NFL Network said Lynch would get a $3 million base deal this season, with a chance to make an additional $2 million if he rushes for at least 1,000 yards.
Lynch retired following the 2015 season but decided he wanted to come back and play with his hometown team. The Raiders met with him early this month to gauge his interest and wanted to get a deal done before the draft.
The Raiders have a need for a power running back after losing Latavius Murray in free agency. Second-year backs Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington are both smaller backs and are not as suited to short-yardage and goal-line situations.
“Marshawn is one of the best running backs I’ve ever played against in my short career so far,” Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack said last week. “It would be a great, great, great treat to have him on this side, on the dark side.”
Lynch, 31, was perhaps the best power back in the league before he retired. He had double digits in touchdown runs every season from 2011 to 2014, and his 51 TDs on the ground are the most in the NFL since 2011 despite playing just seven games in 2015 and being retired last season.
For his career, Lynch has rushed for 9,112 yards and 74 touchdowns.
Lynch was born and raised in Oakland and played college ball nearby at California.
Former Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley says he will not attend tonight’s draft in person and decried allegations that he raped a woman as “completely false.”
No charges have been filed as police investigate claims made by a 23-year-old woman he assaulted her in a Cleveland hotel on April 9.
Conley was named in a police report that details the allegations but no information has been forwarded to prosecutors.
Conley said in a statement he believes the allegations are an attempt to ruin the draft experience for him and his family.
... Packers receiver Geronimo Allison has reached a deal with prosecutors in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, to settle a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge.
Allison will pay $330.50 to settle the charge after it was amended Tuesday to an ordinance violation. WLUK-TV reports he also will be required to complete community service.