In a surprising twist of fate, running back Adrian Peterson found a new team ahead of running back Marshawn Lynch.
Peterson’s contract with the New Orleans Saints, which will pay him $3.5 million a year, has now set the market for Lynch, according to ESPN’s John Clayton.
With Adrian Peterson getting $3.5 million a year, the market is set for Marshawn Lynch. I think he will accept $3.5 million with Raiders.
— John Clayton (@JohnClaytonNFL) April 25, 2017
Lynch migrating from the Seahawks to the Oakland Raiders in a trade has not yet ironed itself out yet.
A recent report suggested that Lynch was not happy with the monetary figure the Raiders offered him. Lynch’s contract with Seattle would have paid him $9 million. Though, the Seahawks would release him before they would pay him that kind of money.
The Raiders reportedly are offering one-third of of that figure. Now that Peterson has settled in close to that amount, Lynch can hardly demand more. He has not played a full healthy season since 2014. He turned 31 earlier in April and sat out the entire 2016 season as a retiree.
It will be interesting to see if Peterson landing his deal speeds up the process for Lynch landing a deal with Oakland.