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April 14 (The Sports Xchange) - "Beast Mode" is returning to the NFL.

After a one-season retirement, running back Marshawn Lynch is resuming his career and agreed to a contract on Friday with the Oakland Raiders, according to the NFL Network.

The Seattle Seahawks own Lynch's rights, so the two sides still have to work out a deal before Lynch is officially a member of the Raiders.

Lynch played for the Seahawks from 2010-15 before retiring. Seattle placed Lynch on the reserved/retired list, which maintained their rights.

Lynch is an Oakland native and played collegiately at nearby University of California before embarking on his NFL career.

The 30-year-old Lynch racked up six 1,000-yard seasons in his career.


Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was found not guilty in a 2012 double homicide case.

Jurors ruled Hernandez was not guilty of first-degree murder in the killings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado shortly after an alleged run-in at a Boston nightclub.

He was convicted of unlawful possession of a gun and was sentenced to four to five years in prison.

Hernandez is already serving a life sentence for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd, a semi-pro football player who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee.

Hernandez, 27, played with the Patriots from 2010-12.


The Houston Texans picked up the fifth-year option on former top overall pick Jadeveon Clowney, multiple outlets reported.

Clowney, who was the No. 1 selection in 2014, was entering the final season of his four-year rookie contract.

The linebacker-turned-defensive end stepped up his play in the absence of three-time Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt, who was injured throughout much of the season.

Clowney recorded 52 tackles and a career-high six sacks in 14 games en route to being named as the Texans' lone Pro Bowl representative last season.


Washington Redskins linebacker Trent Murphy will miss the first four games of the 2017 season due to a suspension, the NFL announced in a statement.

Murphy was suspended for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances. The 26-year-old will be allowed to participate in offseason camp and preseason games.

Murphy recorded nine sacks in 2016 -- the most productive season of his three-year career.


Dean Blandino, the NFL's senior vice president of officiating, is leaving the league to pursue other opportunities.

Blandino, 45, has been the league's head of officials since 2013. He will remain with the NFL until at least the end of May.

Sources told ESPN that Blandino is expected to go into broadcasting. ))

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