Do you remember where you were when you first heard the news that Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch had retired?
We’ll give you a refresher, just in case: You were either at a buddy’s house or your own, likely at a Super Bowl 50 party with the Broncos leading the Panthers in the fourth quarter.
Carolina’s Graham Cano had just kicked a 39-yard field goal to cut Denver’s lead to 16-10.
You either checked Twitter to see the reviews of the Coldplay halftime performance or to see the reaction from the Twitterverse with just over 10 minutes to play in what would be Peyton Manning’s final game.
Then, it showed up on your timeline. And it kept showing up. Marshawn Lynch had retired in the most Marshawn Lynch way possible: in full Beast Mode.
— Shawn Lynch (@MoneyLynch) February 8, 2016
Rumors had been circulating after Seattle’s season ended after falling to Carolina in the divisional round of the playoffs that Lynch would likely be a salary cap casualty and that his days in the navy and green were numbered.
The five-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl champ decided he would walk away. Lynch remained quiet throughout most of the 2016 season, but he was never one to be a big talker to begin with.
It was other people who were talking about him making a comeback and playing for his hometown Raiders.
It was other people who said if the team wanted any fans at The Coliseum this season they had better find a way to bring Beast Mode home.
It was other people who said it would be amazing if the team’s final days in Oakland could have one of its favorite sons wearing the Black and Silver.
And it was other people that announced that all of that was about to happen.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 26, 2017
After the NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport sent out his initial tweet, everyone jumped in on the speculation of what Seattle had demanded for the “most interesting man in football”‘s services.
It turns out, they didn’t demand too much and the Raiders, who are facing scrutiny from their passionate fanbase for their decision to move to Las Vegas sometime between 2019 and 2020, were willing to pay it.
We have acquired RB Marshawn Lynch.
— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) April 26, 2017
To acquire Lynch, Oakland sent its fifth-round draft pick in next year’s draft to Seattle while also getting the Hawks’ 2018 sixth-round pick in return.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Lynch and the Raiders have an agreement for a two-year contract in place.