Marshawn Lynch cuts pay by $500,000, ensuring he’ll stay with Raiders

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Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch earned a $1 million roster bonus on Sunday. There’s a chance he wouldn’t have.

PFT has confirmed that Lynch restructured his contract on Saturday, a day before the roster bonus came due. The new package includes a $500,000 reduction in his base compensation.

Per a source with knowledge of the contract, Lynch’s base salary has dropped from $4 million to $2.5 million, with a separate $1 million roster bonus due on the 11th day of the league year. The base salary is also fully guaranteed (previously, it wasn’t).

So, essentially, Marshawn traded $500,000 for a full and clear commitment that he’ll get at least $4.5 million this year.

The new contract still includes $750,000 in per-game roster bonuses (as did the old contract), and Lynch still can earn a workout bonus of $250,000. He now has an enhanced incentive package that maxes out at $3.75 million. Previously, his maximum additional earnings were $2 million.

The adjustment to the contract drops his cap number by $500,000, from $5.943 million to $5.443 million.

Although reports emerged in the aftermath of the signing of running back Doug Martin that Lynch was not in danger of being cut, it’s impossible to assume he would have remained on the roster if he had refused to agree to a deal that reduces his earnings by $500,000. Although 90 percent of his previous base pay has now been guaranteed, Marshawn took a 10-percent haircut. That surely wasn’t something he wanted to do.

22 responses to “Marshawn Lynch cuts pay by $500,000, ensuring he’ll stay with Raiders

  1. Now will he stand for anthem, talk with the media and stop doing those crazy in game antics? Probably not.
    Just another distraction.

  2. I highly doubt Raiders would have released him over $500K, especially if they provided guaranteed amount higher than previously reported. It’s more like they probably asked him and told him why and he agreed.

  3. dejadoh says:
    March 21, 2018 at 9:34 am
    Now will he stand for anthem, talk with the media and stop doing those crazy in game antics? Probably not.
    Just another distraction.

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    Only a distraction to those of you who actually care about player politics. Some of us just like watching him play. Who cares if he chooses to stand or sit for the anthem. His choice, not yours.

  4. cobrala2 says:
    March 21, 2018 at 9:28 am
    He’d have more success in Philly but I doubt he wants to leave his community.
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    Not that Lynch doesn’t still have yards in him, but Philly would now have to let guys like Lynch go because to stay at the top you need to be ruthless about seeking cheaper, more cost-effective options. That’s why Belichick lets guys go – there’s been hater-talk that Pats players are leaving the ship but it was always thus (e.g. Moss, Welker, Vrabel, Wilfork etc) and others being hunted by silly money because of their success. Only a 3rd of Pats’ SB49 team were around for SB51, and if Philly wants to stay at the top they don’t want to be paying top-dollar for ageing vets like Lynch.

  5. Why pay him anything? He doesn’t contribute on the field. Other than selling tickets I see no value in keeping him around. Don’t know how this team sells tickets in the first place considering they are leaving the city.

  6. Over $4M per year for Marshawn Lynch is crazy at this point in his career. He was done three years ago.

  7. I don’t think these small changes had anything to do with him making the team or not. It just sounds like a better deal for both the team, and for Lynch. If the Raiders didn’t think he could still play at a high level, they wouldn’t want him at any price. If lynch didn’t think he could help the Raiders win, he’d retire. He has too much pride. I think Lynch is going to be a good team leader. I think he also realizes he only has a year or two left, so he’ll want to close out his career in a positive way.

  8. Marshawn Lynch’s roster spot was solidified when Gruden hired his running game coordinator from Seattle.

    Marshawn was the least of the Raiders offensive problems and I’m sure Gruden saw that on film.

  9. The cancerous presence of Lynch on the 2018 roster virtually assures another lost season for the Raiders.

    2016 Raiders without Lynch – a promising young 12-4 playoff team

    2017 Raiders with Lynch – a 6-10 also-ran with team chemistry destroyed.

    Unfortunately this is reminding me a lot of Art Shell’s 2nd Raider HC stint in 2006 when Randy Moss (another cancer who was injected onto the team) was in his 2nd year.

    Those fans who dislike the Raiders must surely be rejoicing at this news.

  10. No one else was going to sign him and he knew it. Better to take the only offer on the board than to be out of the league.

  11. BuckyBadger says:
    March 21, 2018 at 10:22 am
    Why pay him anything? He doesn’t contribute on the field. Other than selling tickets I see no value in keeping him around. Don’t know how this team sells tickets in the first place considering they are leaving the city.
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    You really don’t know and it sounds like you never will.

  12. Beast is not only still on the team, I suspect he will be a big part of the offense and Gruden will taylor play calling to his strengths. Coach has been praising #24 since he got hired a few weeks ago. Nothing in his words or actions would indicate anything other than Lynch being the clear #1. He’s about as all-in as a guy can get trying to get Oaktown a trophy before they leave.

  13. fakebookfreddy says:
    March 21, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    Lynch was instrumental in the Raiders fall to 6-10 last season. He didn’t show up.
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    Todd Downing was the straw that stirred that 6-10 record.

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