Marshawn Lynch Trade Rumors: Top Five Destinations for the Bills RB
After turning down multiple trade offers regarding the former first round draft selection, the Buffalo Bills are now reportedly fielding offers for Marshawn Lynch.
Through the first three games of the season, Lynch has 33 carries for 156 yards, but still hasn't managed to find the endzone.
Lynch fell out of popularity in Buffalo after a tumultuous offseason last year in which he was arrested for marijuana and weapons possession and was involved in a hit and run, as well as reportedly stealing $20 dollars from a police officers wife.
Since entering the league in 2007, Lynch has carried the ball 683 times for 2757 yards, while scoring 17 touchdowns, and was named to a Pro Bowl.
So which teams could use the former Cal standout's services?
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The Washington Redskins are very old at the running back position, and are averaging just 3.9 yards per carry and running the ball a league low 19 times per game.
Clinton Portis has lost his speed, and there doesn't seem to be an answer behind him with unproven Ryan Torain and Keiland Williams following him on the depth chart.
Portis is battling injury, and Marshawn Lynch would add power and speed to an unbalanced offense that needs to take pressure off of Donovan McNabb.
New Orleans Saints
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The Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints are dead last in the National Football League in rushing, as they are averaging just 57 yards per game, while gaining just 2.6 yards per carry.
Reggie Bush suffered a leg injury and is expected to miss up to six weeks, and Pierre Thomas doesn't have the durability to be an every down back.
The Saints are a pass-first offense, but adding Marshawn Lynch could keep opposing defenses honest, rather than sending out five or six defensive backs for each play.
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The Cleveland Browns have been inconsistent for the past few seasons at the running back position, and adding Marshawn Lynch would bring continuity to their backfield.
Prior to the season, the Dawg Pound was hoping for running back Jerome Harrison to pick up where he left off last season, when he gained over 500 yards in the last three games.
Now, Harrison is injured, and Peyton Hillis earned the starting job. He had an impressive 144 yard performance against the Baltimore Ravens, but days like that aren't going to come often for Hillis, who was primarily a fullback before being traded to Cleveland.
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In 2008, Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte looked like the answer in the backfield when he rushed for over 1,000 yards and eight touchdowns in his rookie season, but since then he has been more effective in the receiving game.
The Bears are averaging 72 yards per game on the ground, and Jay Cutler needs someone to take the pressure off of him in order to limit mistakes.
In the Windy City, the Bears need a power back that can carry a workload in bad weather situations, and Marshawn Lynch could be their man.
Green Bay Packers
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The Green Bay Packers are looking to make a Super Bowl run this season, and they looked poised for it before losing their all star running back, Ryan Grant for the season in the first game of the year.
Grant has been consistent over the past three seasons, gaining 1,200 yards in each of those years.
Now, the Packers are left with Brandon Jackson and John Kuhn in their backfield, leaving Aaron Rodgers throwing 40 passes per game.
The Packers are said to be the big players in the Marshawn Lynch sweepstakes, and for the right price, Lynch and Rodgers can be teammates again as they were at Cal.