The Raiders and Seahawks have agreed to a trade that will allow running back Marshawn Lynch to play in Oakland, NFL Network reports.
Lynch and the Raiders already have an agreement for a two-year contract in place, and he will be at Oakland’s training facility Wednesday to undergo a physical after he returns from his trip to Haiti, where he and his former Seahawks teammates Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett have been touring the country to help build schools and houses.
Assuming Lynch passes, the Raiders and Seahawks are expected to finalize the swap that would send Lynch to his hometown of Oakland.
The draft compensation will be a swap of late-round picks in 2018, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reports.
Lynch had been in active negotiations with the Raiders over the past month after deciding to seek reinstatement to the NFL.
Lynch, who retired after the 2015 season, was born and raised in Oakland. The Raiders will play there for at least the next two seasons before moving to Las Vegas.
Lynch, who turned 31 on Saturday and was the No. 12 overall pick of the 2007 draft by the Buffalo Bills out of Cal, has rushed for 9,112 yards and 74 touchdowns in nine NFL seasons. Injuries, though, limited him to seven games in 2015, when he averaged 3.8 yards per carry.
The Raiders, who had the No. 6 rushing attack in the NFL last season, seem to think a year off did the violent running Lynch, who is 5-foot-11, 215 pounds, some good in terms of his health. Oakland is in need of a big lead back after it allowed Latavius Murray to depart for the Minnesota Vikings in free agency with 5-8 backs Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington entering their second seasons.
Lynch is a five-time Pro Bowler and 2012 first-team All-Pro, when he rushed for 1,590 yards and 12 touchdowns while catching 23 passes for 196 yards and a score. He led the NFL with 12 rushing touchdowns in 2013 and 13 rushing touchdowns in 2014 and ran for at least 1,200 yards in four straight seasons from 2011 through 2014.