Reggie McKenzie was confident in Raiders landing Marshawn Lynch

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Welcome back home, Marshawn Lynch.

The former Bills and Seahawks running back, who’s a Bay Area native, came out of retirement and was traded to the Oakland Raiders in late April. Though there had always been speculation that Lynch would join the Raiders, Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie didn’t see how the deal wouldn’t get done.

“I was not really thinking that it was not going to get done. We were confident that it was going to get done,” he said during an exclusive call with Season Ticket Members earlier in the week, per the team site. “The thing is, that Marshawn’s relationship with Seattle, to be allowed to come back and play, and once he made it known that he wanted to be a Raider, that fit right along with my plans, so that was great to hear that he wanted to play for the Raiders, because we definitely want him to be a part of the Raider Nation, and my relationship with [Seattle Seahawks General Manager] John [Schneider] in Seattle made it an easy transition.”

Lynch only played in seven games in 2015 and didn’t play a season ago. Over his career, he has more than 10,000 yards combined on the ground and through the air, and added a Super Bowl trophy to his collection in 2014 with the Seahawks win over the Broncos.

The Raiders still have Derek Carr throwing passes to Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree; perhaps the addition of Lynch can take offense to new heights in 2017.

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