It’s been in the works for weeks and on Wednesday, it became officially official: Marshawn Lynch is coming out of retirement to play for the Oakland Raiders.
He broke the news, of course, on Twitter — the same way he announced his retirement — and in the most awesome way possible (and mostly without punctuation).
It’s time. pic.twitter.com/sgIQgZlkVM
— Shawn Lynch (@MoneyLynch) April 26, 2017
(From now on, this will be the standard for player-returning announcements, fading Michael Jordan’s “I’m back” press release.)
Lynch was still under contract with the Seattle Seahawks, so the Raiders traded their fifth-round pick in the 2018 draft for Lynch and the Hawks’ sixth-round pick in the same draft.
He retired after the 2015 season and Seattle would’ve owed Lynch $9 million if he had returned under his old deal. But the Seahawks granted him permission to talk to the Raiders — in part due to the relationship between the two teams’ general managers, John Schneider and Reggie McKenzie.
Now, Lynch will get a chance to play for the Raiders during at least one of their final seasons in Oakland before they move to Las Vegas in 2020.
Lynch and the Raiders reportedly agreed to terms to a new contract a few weeks ago, and the running back passing a physical was the last hurdle.
The team sent out an exhaustive press release going over his career achievements, including his rushing for 9,112 yards with 74 touchdowns.
But what was more impressive was their hype video the Raiders posted on Twitter.
— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) April 26, 2017
It starts with shots of national news outlets reporting the possibility of Lynch coming out of retirement. It then cuts to Steven A. Smith proclaiming, “This dude lives, eats and breathes Oakland,” before shots of Lynch giddily touring the team’s Alameda facility and walking out in a Raiders helmet.
The organization must love that they now have a homegrown ambassador to smooth over fan relations after years of slapping their Oakland fanbase in the face.
And the team can’t be too upset after adding one of the best running backs in the NFL, who presumably should have something left in the tank despite Lynch turning 31 last week.
Adding a power back became nearly essential after Latavius Murray left in free agency. So now the Silver and Black’s offense won’t miss a beat as it cruelly plays its best football as a franchise not long for The Town.