Seattle remains top landing spot for a Lynch deal

Posted on April 24, 2010 by Patrick Moran

Marshawn LynchIt certainly doesn’t take an expert to tell you that Buddy Nix’s company line claims notwithstanding, the Buffalo Bills are hoping to trade Marshawn Lynch.  They were expected to try and move him before the Bills went on the clock with the ninth pick, and after C.J. Spiller was drafted to go with Fred Jackson, Lynch’s fate in Buffalo was pretty much sealed.

The problem however, is two-fold.  The Bills don’t want to give away a player who was the 12th overall pick just three years ago, but there is a lack of teams interested in acquiring the talented, but oft-troubled running back’s services.

A handful of teams that were in need of a running back coming into the draft filled their void with rookie selections.  San Diego took Ryan Matthews and Detroit nabbed Jahvid Best in the first round.  In the second round a pair of teams traded up for running backs with Houston taking Ben Tate while Cleveland snagged Montario Haresty.

Seattle was and remains the best-and for now perhaps only opportunity for a Lynch deal.

There’s been reported interest.  Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports has been writing that Seattle is interested in Lynch, and suggested the Bills were hoping to get their second round pick (60th overall) in exchange.  That was never going to happen.  If Nix truly tried to fleece a second rounder from Pete Carroll he likely got hung up on.

Seattle kept the pick and selected wide receiver Golden Tate.

That doesn’t mean a deal with Seattle is dead, it’s just that the compensation was unrealistic.  Again, despite what Nix has said publicly, the team would love to unload the running back who doesn’t want to be here.

Seattle owns the sixth and 29th picks in round four when the draft resumes Saturday morning;   they also hold the second and eighth picks in round five.

One of them sounds about fair value.

Green Bay could emerge as a candidate as well. Reporter Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee-Journal Sentinel writes that the Packers could be interested, but suggests it would be after the draft.

“I’m sure they’d (Buffalo) be willing to take whatever at this point,” a personnel director for a National Football League team told McGinn Friday. “They’ve got too many guys and they’re trying to move him, but I don’t know if there’s much activity. He just doesn’t want to be there. Just not a good situation.”

If the Bills organization thinks Lynch’s attitude soured after Fred Jackson beat him out for the starting job last year, can you imagine how he’ll be on the team this summer as the third stringer, practicing with the scout team the majority of the time?

He clearly wants out of Buffalo and I’m told the Bills front office is eager to make it happen.

It may happen sooner or it may come later, but if you own a No. 23 Marshawn Lynch jersey you may be wise to get rid of it, unless you elect to stash it next to your McGahee and Henry collection.

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