Could Lynch get moved to San Diego?

Posted on February 19, 2010 by Chris Trapasso

marshawn lynchTwo years ago, if someone were to tell you Marshawn Lynch would be on the Buffalo Bills trading block, you’d have considered it a stupid joke. A real bad one. Lynch seemed to be on the fast track to NFL stardom after trucking his way to consecutive 1,000-yard seasons to begin his professional career. He was the sure-fire guy to have a long career in Buffalo. No way he’d be traded.

But two law run-ins and a suspension later, Lynch’s stay in the Queen City doesn’t seem as definite. To compound his “walking-on-thin-ice-situation”, Lynch lost his starting job to Fred Jackson when Perry Fewell was named interim head coach in November. In his 5-10 carries a game, he shockingly became ineffective. During the last third of the season with the Bills out of the playoff conversation, Jackson exploded as the Bills’ feature back, tallying a 1,000-yard campaign of his own. His tough running style and versatility won over the Bills faithful, something Lynch had done in his two years before. Jackson was diving ahead for first downs, while Lynch danced away from contact.

With a new regime planning to take the Bills in an entirely different direction from that of the weak and conservative Dick Jauron, many have considered the idea of trading Lynch. The people who wanted to see him gone chose San Diego as a possible suitor, but it all seemed like wishful thinking. That is until the report last night surfaced, (confirmed by ESPN.com’s Chris Mortensen) that the Chargers indeed are on the hunt for a running back, and are dangling cornerback Antonio Cromartie as trade bait.

Possibilities

Scenario: At first, it seems like a deal that could benefit both sides and could realistically be executed. GM Buddy Nix has ties to the San Diego organization, which always helps. Lynch would fill the hole left by LaDainain Tomlinson and the Bills would add a former All-Pro playmaker to their already stingy secondary.

My thoughts - Not so fast. Cromartie has fallen out of favor with the Charger’s coaching staff because of the aggressive and risky style in which he plays the cornerback position—not to mention his incessant tackling issues. To me, he’s a prime example of how a pass rush often dictates the success of a secondary. Cromartie compiled his best season with 10 interceptions in 2007 when San Diego finished 2nd in the AFC with 42 sacks.

Scenario: Lynch could garner a 2nd or 3rd round pick from the Chargers — a boost to the Bills’ rebuilding project.

My thoughts - I’d say go for it, but it remains to be seen what San Diego is willing to give up if a team isn’t interested in Cromartie.

Scenario: Now with all that being said, another rumor can be tied in that could help this deal go down for the Cromartie lovers and/or Lynch haters out there. Bills safety Donte Whitner according to a report some (more than likel just gossip) will be a Washington Redskin when free agency begins March 5. If true, some believe the Cromartie-Lynch deal could happen, and Cromartie could fall back in an Antrel Rolle-type move to safety. Think he and Jairus Byrd would strike fear into opposing quarterbacks?

My thoughts - An interesting scenario to ponder, but not at the top of the Bills priority list. Bolstering an already solid position is fine when you’re an elite team, not when you’re restructuring your entire franchise.

Conclusion

The Bills are a distinct possibility here and if they do contact the Chargers, I believe, it should only be under two conditions. First, they must talk draft picks - high ones. You can never can have too many of those when you’re rebuilding.

Secondly, Buffalo could ask about players other than Cromartie. Any of the studs on the defensive front would be welcomed by George Edwards, and with all the skill that lines the Chargers’ roster, the Bills could easily find players that make more sense than Cromartie. If San Diego says no to both proposals, Buffalo has no need to move Lynch there, or anywhere at all for that matter.  Make someone blow them away.

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1 Comment on Could Lynch get moved to San Diego?

  1. Matt

    The Chargers are a well run organization and there is no way they would ever give up a 2nd or 3rd round pick for a Thug like Lynch. He is one more arrest away from an 8-16 game suspension……Maybe a throw away 5th or 6th round pick or perhaps a bag of balls…

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