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Bills say no change on stance of trading Marshawn

Posted on: September 16, 2010 12:58 pm
Edited on: September 16, 2010 1:17 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

Yesterday, Andy wrote an excellent post regarding the possibility of Marshawn Lynch getting traded to the Green Bay Packers. There wasn't any speculation that it was going to happen -- after all, no sources have indicated any sort of discussion between the Bills and Pack -- just that it makes a ton of sense for everyone involved.

And it does: with Ryan Grant now officially out for the season and with Green Bay only having one more running back (Brandon Jackson) on their roster and with Marshawn being the odd man out in a three-headed backfield monster in Buffalo, the logical move for the Bills here is to trade Lynch and recoup something that will help the franchise in the future.

But apparently, they don't feel the same way and have not, according to the Bills' official blog , changed the way they feel about dealing Beast Mode. (Random aside: I'm currently drinking out of a "Beast Mode" coffee cup; it's my favorite bizarre NFL swag item of all-time.)

Chris Brown points out Buddy Nix's comments at the draft ("our intention is for Marshawn Lynch to be [in Buffalo]") and then notes Chan Gailey's comments as well, before pointing out that in the first preseason game, the Bills lost both Lynch and Fred Jackson to injury, which "further strengthened" the team's belief that you can't have too many good backs.

That's an absolutely valid point -- if Jackson is reinjured, the Bills would need Lynch on the roster to help provide support for C.J. Spiller. But here's the problem: the Bills are not going to contend for the playoffs this year -- they just aren't.

And therefor the logical, forward-thinking move is to take Lynch, while his value is maximized, and get something that will help the franchise grow in the future. In fact, the single most problematic part with drafting Spiller in the past year's first round was (and still "is" by the way) is that having a bunch of good running backs is only nice if you have other parts on the team that can help them succeed.

The Bills don't have that right now, but by dealing Lynch to someone like the Packers for, hypothetically, a second-rounder or a third plus a player, they would immediately bolster the team's future. And that should matter more right now than stubbornly trying to hold onto a low-salary, high-talent player that the organization gave up on without actually admitting that they did.

Update: Marshawn himself talked about the possibility of being traded and whether it affects him.

“No, because if it’s going to happen then it’s going to happen,” Lynch said. ”What will I be able to do about it? If they say I’ve got to go then what am I going to do, tell them no? If they say I’m going to stay, I’m here, if they say I’m not going nowhere then let’s continue to build on this thing and get better.”

He also made a fairly provocative comment about the Bills' rushing attack against the Dolphins on Sunday. Or, at least a reasonable one for a team with the passing "weapons" that the Bills have.

“It wasn’t what us as a group wanted it to be,” said Lynch. ”The most carries by a back I believe was seven. That’s not good for any running back to get a feel for it. I’m not saying what should’ve been done or could’ve been done. All I know is we’ve just got to do something to get on track with it.”

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Bills say no change on stance of trading Marshawn

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 4, 2011 9:57 am

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Since: Oct 11, 2009
Posted on: September 17, 2010 12:23 pm

Bills say no change on stance of trading Marshawn

Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: September 16, 2010 11:14 pm

Bills say no change on stance of trading Marshawn

Ok everyone has a valid point from obviously the GB side of things. I dont care, what anyone thinks i'm a diehard bills fan. And as a diehard bills fan, if there was one thing that DICK J left us. It's BEAST MODE, and I swear that if Gailey doesnt start that menace this week, I will cry cuz Lynch, even though he isn't the smartest player to ever grace the NFL.  He is one of the best ever, I love this guy and would probably be really upset if he gets traded.  Spiller is great and Jackson is old and I'll give you Freddie, but please god no lynch gailey needs to see this guy is the real deal.  The kinda back that wears down defenders, I just dont understand, and probably never will know why Buffalo just Sucks, oh I know why It's an 85 year old reason.  PLEASE Gailey, if you read this blog or anyone that is on BUFFALOs Staff START LYNCH START LYNCH START LYNCH START LYNCH WE MIGHT HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN IF OUR OFFENSE DOES'NT GO 3 AND OUT 22 TIMES A GAME PLZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ


Since: Mar 8, 2009
Posted on: September 16, 2010 10:47 pm

Bills say no change on stance of trading Marshawn

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Since: Mar 8, 2009
Posted on: September 16, 2010 10:45 pm

Bills say no change on stance of trading Marshawn

to classy to say it??? what are you a damn fool?? I am from Buffalo. this guy was caught stealing $20 from a table in a restaurant, in Hamburg, NY..I can't believe I am responding to this. This shows how many idiots like you talk, live, and dream football...OMG...Know your damn S$%# before you write something on a website!

Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: September 16, 2010 8:26 pm

Bills say no change on stance of trading Marshawn

If the Bills were smart they'd be looking at Green Bay's receivers and thinking about adding some depth and a 3th or 4th depending on who the WR is. If they could get Jordy Nelson  and 3rd or 4th I'd jump at it if I were Buffalo. Lynch is of no use sitting on the sideline or getting a pathetic 7 carries. They're only decent WR is Evans and they are in dire need of someone to take some heat off. It's not like they are dead set on Lynch anyway, why else would you draft a RB 6th overall if you actually planned to keep Lynch. The Bills saying they're not going to trade him is just a way to jack up the price.

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: September 16, 2010 6:26 pm

Bills say no change on stance of trading Marshawn

Lynch isn't happy in Buffalo  but he's too classy to say it.    I saw him play at Cal and he would go great with his former teammate Aaron Rodgers.  Isaw them both beat an undefeated USC  years back. Lynch has enormous potential -  and its being thrown away at Buffalo.

Since: Aug 23, 2007
Posted on: September 16, 2010 4:32 pm

Bills say no change on stance of trading Marshawn


Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: September 16, 2010 3:52 pm

Bills say no change on stance of trading Marshawn

All valid points, but if the managment in the Bills organization was good at making personell decisions, they wouldn't suck as bad as they have for the past 15 years.

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