Will Seattle make a run at Lynch?
How about Pete Carroll possibly adding yet another running back via a trade?
That is the talk right now after reports surfaced from Jason La Canfora of NFL.com that the Seahawks have some real interest in Buffalo’s Marshawn Lynch.
And with Carroll as the headman, there is no issue with loading up a position before camp to create — or engineer — a competition in August. It is already happening at the QB position after the trade for Charlie Whitehurst and the free-agent pickup of J.P. Losman to compete against veteran holdover Matt Hasselbeck.
Why would he stop there? Seattle acquired Leon Washington from the Jets over draft weekend, and although the trade for former Titan and USC RB LenDale White was a failure, the idea is still the same — force competition for jobs.
Adding Lynch reinforces what Carroll is trying to do. Ask any coach in this league and he will tell you the same thing: he wants competition at every position in August. It forces players to show up for every drill, every meeting and in every practice. And, when money and a player’s job is on the line, the play on the field reaches a higher level.
Plus, it ensures that Julius Jones, Justin Forsett and Washington — once he is cleared to play — fight for playing time (and a roster spot) once the pads go on.
It is hard to figure out Lynch. I have spoken to multiple people in Buffalo who think very highly of the running back, but when a player refuses to show up at offseason practices and has incidents off of the field, it is hard not to come down on the guy and form your own opinions. Plus, his numbers from ’09 (150 carries, 450 yards, 2 TDs) aren’t impressive.
But, he can play. We know that, and when he can get the ball deep in the backfield and get downhill, we are looking at a running back that will not only get to the second level of the defense but also make people miss. Going back to ’08, we saw a running back that displayed explosive power and outstanding balance with the football in his hands.
However, the Seahawks — if the reports hold true — still have to get him out west. And, the asking price will be the deciding factor. I would like to think that the Bills can get something in return for what is looking more and more like a botched first-round pick, but what is the market value for a talent that could head into camp in Buffalo buried on the depth chart? According to reports, the Bills won't accept anything less than a fourth-round pick. Does that hold?
This is a move that has been speculated — and almost guaranteed at times — by everyone with a voice this offseason. Now we get to see if Buffalo has had enough of the former Cal RB and if Carroll wants to add another running back to the mix who has to fight for carries and a uniform on game day.
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