At least one snag remains in the Marshawn Lynch-to-the-Raiders storyline coming to completion: Contract price.
A report emerged Friday detailing the differences Lynch and the Raiders have on how much the Oakland native would earn with the team.
Lynch is apparently balking at less than half of the $9 million he would get with the Seahawks, according to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle, while the Raiders are looking at a figure closer to $3 million.
The deal will, in all likelihood, be incentive-laden. But that main figure is in discussions, as you might expect as the two sides try to put the finishing touches on a homecoming for Lynch.
On aspect to remember is the $2.5 million in pro-rated signing bonus Lynch would owe the Seahawks, whom own his rights after he retired in 2015, and a trade for Lynch. The Raiders will reportedly be able to work something out with Seattle on the latter.
Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said Friday that the team would like to land Lynch sooner rather than later, though didn’t call the draft’s start April 27 as a deadline.
“Prior to the draft is that point you’d like to know, but our door is open and we’re not shutting (it),” McKenzie said. “Who knows after that? I’m not going to say never. The door is still open.”
A deal between Lynch and the Raiders seems eminent. On the one hand, Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said Lynch is “excited to play for the Raiders.” On the other, rumors were floated that the Raiders could walk away.
In the meantime, the NFL was among those that celebrated Beast Mode’s birthday Saturday:
It’s @MoneyLynch‘s birthday!
Let’s take it back to when he was running over college defenses. #BeastMode pic.twitter.com/XWi6u4xYvy
— NFL (@NFL) April 22, 2017