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Raiders officially acquire RB Marshawn Lynch

Updated April 26, 2017 - 1:56 pm

OAKLAND — No matter how long they looked, no matter how deep a running back class this is considered to be, the Raiders weren’t about to find in the draft someone of Marshawn Lynch’s track record or ties to their community.

On Wednesday, it was time for that action.

The Raiders officially acquired the veteran running back, agreeing to terms on a two-year contract and procuring for his rights from the Seahawks. The two deals came one day before the three-day NFL Draft. Lynch reportedly is due a $3 million salary in 2017 and can earn up to $2 million more if he reaches 1,000 rushing yards this season.

For Lynch, the Oakland swapped its 2018 fifth-round pick for Seattle’s 2018 sixth-round one.

The 31-year-old arrived at the team facility Wednesday morning to complete the transaction. He spent the previous few days volunteering in Haiti and the past year in retirement. A chance to play in Oakland for his hometown franchise, whose eventual relocation to Las Vegas was approved in March, was too attractive an opportunity to forgo.

He missed football, per a source close to him, but also has a close relationship with the community. He attended Oakland Technical High and played college football up the road in Cal in Berkeley. The Raiders went 12-4 last season before parting with running back Latavius Murray in free agency.

It all lined up.

The Raiders viewed Lynch, a runner regarded for his physicality, as the missing piece to a championship-caliber offense. Adding him without sparing a 2017 draft pick allows the club to focus largely on defense this draft. That was the plan all along, but without him on the roster, the team figured to invest at the running back position in some fashion with its eight selections.

There still is a long-term need at the position; Lynch is not expected to be a Raider by the time the franchise relocates to Las Vegas. But that is no matter.

The team is playing in Oakland for now. So will be Lynch.

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Michael Gehlken can be reached at mgehlken@reviewjournal.com. Follow @GehlkenNFL on Twitter.

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