There’s been conflicting reports lately on Marshawn Lynch and his trade availability, more importantly whether the Buffalo Bills are willing to trade and/or who’d be willing to trade for him. Well, the conflicting reports continue. Days after ESPN’s Tim Graham reported that he has no trade value, Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network tweets that the Seattle Seahawks would be “quite interested” in his services.
First, here’s what Graham said about Lynch having no trade value.
Now on to La Canfora’s comment of Seattle being interested.
I actually give more weight to La Canfora’s opinion, it just makes more sense. There have been rumors over the past few weeks about the Seahawks having interest in Lynch, especially after the release of LenDale White. Yea, coach Pete Carroll has said he’s not looking for another physical runner to replace White but Lynch can provide more value then just that.
First, the depth chart. The Seahawks have five rushers on their offense, (Julius Jones, Leon Washington, Quinton Ganther, Justin Forsett and Louis Rankin) and there is no doubt that he’s better then all of them. Jones puts up solid numbers but after getting a featured role in Seattle he definitely looks like he’s best suited for a backup role.
Washington comes over from the New York Jets but is definitely not a featured back, he’s a solid third down and replacement back. He can provide the big play threat off the bench but at the same time is coming back from a compound leg fracture. He won’t even be competing till late training camp.
So when looking at the depth chart, doesn’t a thousand yard rusher like Lynch make a lot of sense? He’s rushed for 1000+ in two of his first three seasons and if he had been given the chance in 2009 would most likely have done it again.
Second, Lynch’s style can suit the Seahawks very well. Carroll employs a zone blocking offense, something that Marshawn has had experience with. When playing at Cal, it was the style of offense that was run and we all know how good he did there. He played there for three seasons (with only a year and a half as the featured back) and ran for over 3200 yards with 29 touchdowns.
All of these reasons lead me to believe La Canfora is correct that the Seahawks would be interested if Lynch became available. The problem thou is compensation.
Lynch does indeed have a lot of baggage which lowers his price tag, especially when you consider the Bills have no interest in playing the guy. New head coach Chan Gailey hasn’t even met the guy yet, that’s got to tell you something. Even so Lynch does have a decent trade value, at least in my opinion.
He’s still got immense talent and could easily be a star back again if he got his head on straight. Between that and the fact that he’s under contract till 2012 at a team friendly rate are big reasons why the Bills won’t give him away for less then a fourth round pick. What it all comes down to is that he’s a very valuable insurance policy should C.J. Spiller turn out to be a bust or Fred Jackson suffers a major injury.
So the real question here is will Seattle offer more then a late round pick?