Should the Chargers trade for Marshawn Lynch?

With the recent news that the San Diego Chargers are shopping cornerback Antonio Cromartie in the hopes of acquiring a running back, the rumor mill has kicked into high gear as to which teams may be interested.

The Dallas Cowboys have three effective running backs on their roster and the Baltimore Ravens may be willing to part with veteran rusher Willis McGahee. In addition, the Packers, Giants and 49ers have been included in the ever-growing pool of speculation.

However, one of the more intriguing ideas that has been making its way across the internet comes from Bob Matthews of the Democrat and Chronicle, who suggests the Buffalo Bills should try to trade running back Marshawn Lynch to the Bolts in exchange for a draft pick.

Why not?

With LaDainian Tomlinson expected to be suiting-up elsewhere in 2010, the Chargers need a running back who can force opposing defenses to respect the run, which in turn, will open up head coach Norv Turner’s vertical passing attack.

Meanwhile, Lynch has quite possibly worn out his welcome in Buffalo with his multiple run-ins with the law, not to mention the emergence of running back Fred Jackson, who was far more effective than Lynch last season as he averaged 4.5 yards per carry to Lynch’s 3.8.

A change of scenery could be a good thing for the 23-year-old Lynch, who played his high school football in Oakland and went to college at Cal. For the Chargers, they would be acquiring a young, versatile running back with plenty of gas left in the tank.

Remember, prior to the 2009 season, Lynch posted back-to-back 1,000 yard rushing seasons while catching 47 passes in 15 games in 2008. He also averaged over 4.0 yards per carry in both 2007 and 2008, something NFP analyst Michael Lombardi mentioned Wednesday morning that the Chargers are in desperate need of.

The reality of the situation is that San Diego doesn’t need a running back who can put the team on his back and carry them to victory. The Chargers already have a Pro Bowl quarterback in Philip Rivers and the NFL’s fifth-best passing attack (271.1 yds/gm). They win games through the air.

What the Chargers do need is a running back who can force opposing defenses to respect the running game.

This is something Marshawn Lynch is more than capable of achieving.

Matthews floats the idea that the Bills should send Lynch to Southern California for the Chargers’ second-round draft pick.

Would you make that deal?

Just in case the Bolts don’t acquire a veteran running back this offseason, here are NFP Director of College Scouting Wes Bunting’s top five backs in this year’s draft class. San Diego holds the 28th pick in the first round.

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