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Marshawn Lynch can earn an additional $7.5 million in bonuses over next two seasons

Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch, left, shakes hands with quarterback Derek Carr during the team's organized team activity at its NFL football training facility Tuesday, May 30, 2017, in Alameda, Calif.
Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch, left, shakes hands with quarterback Derek Carr during the team's organized team activity at its NFL football training facility Tuesday, May 30, 2017, in Alameda, Calif. AP

The Oakland Raiders clearly didn’t bring Marshawn Lynch back to his hometown just to be a publicity stunt.

According to Sheil Kapadia of ESPN, Lynch’s contract has $7.5 million worth of performance-based bonuses based on rushing yards, rushing touchdowns, making the playoffs, making the Pro Bowl and even earning regular-season MVP or Super Bowl MVP honors.

Of that $7.5 million in bonuses, $5.5 million can be earned in 2017 while the remaining $2 million can be earned in 2018.

Here’s how the bonuses for next season break down, according to ESPN:

  • $400,000 – Rush for 500 yards.
  • $400,000 – Rush for 600 yards.
  • $600,000 – Rush for 800 yards.
  • $600,000 – Rush for 1,000 yards.
  • $250,000 – Rush for 1,100, 1,200, 1,300, 1,400, 1,500, 1,600 yards (hitting each mark nets Lynch the $250,000 bonus).
  • $250,000 – Score nine rushing touchdowns.
  • $250,000 – Score 12 rushing touchdowns.
  • $500,000 – Raiders make the playoffs, score 12 rushing touchdowns and rush for 1,000 yards.
  • $250,000 – Make the Pro Bowl and participate in the game.
  • $250,000 – Named MVP by The Associated Press.
  • $500,000 – Named Super Bowl MVP.

Lynch didn’t participate much in the team’s first week of OTAs, but he did attend them. He practiced a bit more during the second week, but was still limited overall, according to CSNbayarea.com.

Offensive tackle Donald Penn told The Bee’s Matt Kawahara that Lynch’s presence is “bringing a lot of energy here and a lot of momentum.”

Lynch, an Oakland native, signed a two-year, $9 million deal with the Raiders with $2.3 million guaranteed in late April. If Lynch hits all of his incentives, his contract has a maximum value of $16.5 million.

Lynch did not play football last season after retiring from the Seattle Seahawks in 2016.

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