What Happened to Beast Mode? Marshawn Lynch Should be Used as Trade Bait

Jeremy JuhaszContributor IJanuary 1, 2010

TORONTO - DECEMBER 3:  Running back Marshawn Lynch #23 of the Buffalo Bills runs with the ball for yardage during their NFL game against the New York Jets on December 3, 2009  at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Jets defeated the Bills 19-13. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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When the Buffalo Bills new General Manager was introduced I was perplexed like many fans.

Now that Buddy (...no not the Will Farrel elf) is in charge of personnel decisions at One Bills Drive, my attention didn't immediately turn to who the next head coach would be. 

Instead, I thought who's this new general manager bringing in and perhaps more importantly, who's out the door. 

The first player that came to mind, and is expendable, is former first-round pick Marshawn Lynch.

It's really incredible if you think about it. In his rookie campaign in 2007, he rushed for 1,115 yards, averaging four yards per attempt on 280 touches. 

In 2008 his role diminished slightly, carrying for fewer yards (1,036) and carries (250).

And 2009 is by far his worst output on the field as a pro. He's failed to gain 500 yards, and has only 119 attempts since Fred Jackson has solidified the feature back role. 

Undoubtedly, Lynch's three-game suspension at the beginning of the season hampered his chance to get off to a roaring start, but his off the field immaturity coupled with his average production this season leaves Buddy Nix with a decision. 

In my eyes, Lynch is perfect trade bait for three reasons. Number one is that he is an average back. Second, he's had problems off the field. Third, Lynch resembles a player from a regime Bills' fans want to forget. 

I'll admit, I had high hopes for this Bill after his rookie season. He has a contagious personality. He's hilarious and a good sound byte.

But it's time for Buddy to dangle Lynch as a trading pong in the off season, maybe even the draft. 

More so than a new head coach, the path towards rebuilding this inept franchise begins with weeding out the average football players.

Buddy can start with No. 23.