Is Marshawn Lynch the Complementary Back the Seattle Seahawks Are Looking For?

Bubba GillContributor IApril 15, 2010

Marshawn Lynch is absolutely the extra running back Seattle desperately needs. Personal issues aside, Lynch has been nothing short of stellar for the Buffalo Bills. He is exactly what the Seahawks need for tough yards, but he could easily reemerge as an every-down back.

He was drafted 12th overall by the Buffalo Bills in the 2007 NFL draft. In the last three seasons he has obtained 2,601 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns. Not only is he a power back, but he has excellent hands.

If you have ever watched Lynch in a game you could see how much power he runs with. He was the only offensive highlight in Buffalo in 2007 and 2008. In 2009 he was suspended three games for a weapons charge. In Week 12 he lost his starting spot to Fred Jackson.

Yes, Lynch has a criminal past, but he is ultimately nothing more than an every-down power back that plays hard for his team. That's what I want to see in Seattle. Not the "He's a criminal; I don't want him on my team" philosophy. 

Not only did Lynch play with Justin Forsett at Cal, but they are also best friends. How is that not the ultimate complementary running back tandem? Best friends that play for the same team at the same position.

The Buffalo Bills are shopping Lynch for a second-round pick. Why not pull the trigger on a 24-year-old, Pro Bowl running back? I could see the Seahawks trading two fourth-rounders for him. The point is that Seattle needs a player like Lynch to complement Forsett's speed.

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