After the Green Bay Packers leading running back Ryan Grant suffered a season ending ankle injury last week, various reports have arisen regarding a possible trade for Buffalo Bills running back Marshawn Lynch.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, a former college teammate of Lynch stated, "Bring him on."
While Bills fans have grown sick and tired of Lynch's antics off the field, it is not a good idea to trade the former first round pick just yet.
When the Bills selected C.J. Spiller in the first round of the 2010 draft, speculations regarding a Marshawn Lynch trade were instant. Reports even surfaced that the Bills were given offers from the Seattle Seahawks and the Houston Texans, and apparently were even given an offer last week.
However, coach Chan Gailey likes to run the football, and having three quality running backs with their own personal styles can be a huge boost to an otherwise lackluster offense, that features no clear No. 2 receiver to line up opposite Lee Evans.
By removing Lynch, a former Pro Bowl running back I might add, the Bills would be left with an aging Fred Jackson, and an undersized and inexperienced rookie in the backfield.
Ryan Grant was one of the most highly touted players at the running back position coming into the 2010 season, and was well on his way to his third consecutive 1,200+ yard season. That all ended in an instant. He is now out for the season.
With the amount of injuries incurred on a weekly basis, it makes absolutely no sense for the Bills to trade away either one of the three talented running backs on their roster.
If the Bills were to part ways with Lynch, what happens if Fred Jackson or C.J. Spiller suffers a season ending injury? I'm not that confident in Joique Bell, who is on the practice squad, just yet.
Let's not forget that just a few years ago, Marshawn Lynch was the supposed Buffalo Bills running back of the future, when they selected him 12th overall in the 2007 draft.
Lynch gained over 1,000 yards on the ground in each of his first two seasons in the league, yet managed just over 400 last season.
The Bills front office knows or hopes that he will return to his previous form. But is there really a chance for him to eclipse 1,000 yards again with the backfield loaded with Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller?
Or is it for the simple fact that they would be embarrassed if they were to accept a mere third or fourth round draft pick for him, only to watch him explode in another uniform?
There isn't any doubt that Lynch is a tough, inside the tackles running back, but does his trade value equal his production?
Lynch has already been suspended by the National Football League following multiple off the field issues. And bidding franchises may use this as leverage, considering the fact that if he screws up again, he could face a far more severe suspension than the three games he served last year.
I know I will get bashed by my fellow Bills fans for this, but Fred Jackson would be the best option for the Bills to trade. He is 29-years-old, and carried over 700 times prior to his 400 carries in the NFL.
He earned the starting job after Marshawn Lynch was suspended, and the Bills may be able to garner more in terms of value for Jackson, who recorded 1,000 yards rushing as well as 1,000 yards returning kicks.