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Rodgers would love for Pack to get Marshawn Lynch

Posted on: September 15, 2010 6:27 pm
Edited on: September 15, 2010 9:57 pm
Posted by Andy Benoit

With Ryan Grant out for the season (ankle), the hot rumor Wednesday is that the Packers will trade for disgruntled Bills running back Marshawn Lynch. There are no specific sources propagating this rumor – it’s just coming about because this particular trade would make all the sense in the world.

Even if the Packers like what they have in Brandon Jackson (which, by the way, they don’t – the guy is a former second-round pick who saw only scant playing time his first three seasons and, at one point, lost snaps to washed up midseason pickup Ahman Green), they still have no backup running back on the roster. Fullback John Kuhn is currently listed as the No. 2. M. Lynch (US Presswire)

Jackson, thanks to improved blitz pickup skills and decent hands, is a quality third down option. But as a featured starter, he has not shown innate awareness or big-time endurance.

Lynch is not a resoundingly better option – he too lacks awareness, and there are major character issues. Still, he is a better option nonetheless. And, there is at least one prominent Packer who thinks trading for him is a good idea.

"Bring him on," Aaron Rodgers said, without hesitation, according to CBS Rapid Reporter Greg Bedard in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Asked about the character concerns with his former Cal teammate, Rodgers replied, "(Lynch is) a great player. And any character issues the team might see, I think in a situation like that, and I think you've seen that with other players across the league, when you give a guy a change of scenery and a guy like that who feels he might have something to prove, and surround him with two guys, (Desmond) Bishop and myself who played with him...I think that can only help him feel comfortable and see a lot of production."

Lynch will visit Green Bay this week…with the rest of his Bills teammates. Expect the rumors to continue to swirl. (If Lynch shows up at the Green Bay airport with multiple suitcases, you can bet the swirl will become a tornado).

Bills head coach Chan Gailey mentioned the Packers when asked about a trading one of his three running backs, but it wasn’t in the context Packers fans (and perhaps Bills fans) would hope.

“Opinions vary about whether (three running backs are) too many or not,” Gailey said. “Obviously in preseason we didn’t have too many, and I know that Green Bay wishes they had one more than they had, so I know everybody’s got opinions on what’s right and we feel like having the three that we’ve got right now is a very good situation for us.”

Don’t read too much into this. The Bills offense has three quality running backs but approximately zero quality everything else’s. Gailey and the front office know that trading Lynch makes perfect sense – expect them to at least field calls.

Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports says the Bills turned down another team's offer of a third-round pick and a player for Lynch prior to the draft. A third-rounder for Lynch now would be a fair price, though considering Green Bay's Super Bowl aspirations, GM Ted Thompson may want to offer as much as a second-rounder.  

UPDATE: rapid reporter Greg Bedard says that Lynch is not available for trade. The Bills are not even entertaining offers.

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Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: September 17, 2010 10:04 am

Rodgers would love for Pack to get Marshawn Lynch

It's kind of a stretch to interpret Rodgers' comments as an indication that he would "love" to have Lynch on his team.  They asked him what he thought if they made the trade and Rodgers basically said he's a good football player if they get him I'm ok with that.

Trying to start a little controversy Andy?

Since: Jul 5, 2007
Posted on: September 17, 2010 9:25 am

Rodgers would love for Pack to get Marshawn Lynch

No, Nance played for Arizona. I googled him and watched a few of his videos. Decent, but not lightning speed, (when was the last time we had a good speedster - never?, so who cares) but the guy has a way of bouncing off people, or going throuh them. You know, the way Ahman Greene USED TO. Prolly not as good as pass catching, but more powerful than Grant could ever hope to be.

Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: September 16, 2010 1:29 pm

Rodgers would love for Pack to get Marshawn Lynch

hawkeyefan6, Can you give us some background on Nance? Am I to assume he once played for Iowa?

Since: Jul 5, 2007
Posted on: September 16, 2010 1:21 pm

Rodgers would love for Pack to get Marshawn Lynch

Isnt anyone gonna give Dimitri Nance the slighest chance to prove himself? The Packers got him from Atlantas practice squad, and they didnt want to let him go. They made an offer for him to stay, but he went to the Green Bay Packers anyway. He is the same kind of runner as Ryan Grant. They are also getting him in the EXACT same way as they got Grant (off a practice squad), at about the same time in the season as they got Grant. Grant stepped right up, and now Nance should get the same chance. I say hes gonna be a NFL back. Give him a chance.

Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: September 16, 2010 12:16 pm

Rodgers would love for Pack to get Marshawn Lynch

ramsfan920, I thought the same thing.  Scrubs and a couple draft picks for Steven Jackson?  I hope the Rams wouldn't entertain a dismal offer like that.  I do subscribe to the school of thought that SJ39 will be washed up by the time the Rams are good enough to contend.  But at the moment, the guy is an absolute stud.  They'd need much more in return for him.

Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: September 16, 2010 11:50 am

Rodgers would love for Pack to get Marshawn Lynch

get serious--------the rams would want alot more than that

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