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Eagles Contact Buffalo Bills about Marshawn Lynch

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 19: Marshawn Lynch #23 of the Buffalo Bills runs against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on September 19, 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Bills 34-7. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Bob CunninghamSenior Analyst IOctober 4, 2010

If you're keeping hope alive that LeSean McCoy will be able to play against the San Francisco 49ers this week, then this news might come with a bit of disappointment.

According to Reuben Frank of the Burlington County Times via, the Eagles have called the Buffalo Bills to find out the availability of running back Marshawn Lynch. The Bills have been dangling Lynch for a while now, but the price has always been too high.

It's likely the Bills want as high as a second-round pick, and that's not going to happen. He has fallen to the third running back on the depth chart, and his off-the-field issues make him a problem to trade because other teams don't want to deal with that.

As we've seen with the Eagles ever since Andy Reid took over as the head coach, they will not make a trade unless they feel like they are getting a dealor simply have no other choice.

I don't believe they feel backed into a corner because of McCoy's injury just yet, and there's a very slim chance the Bills are feeling generous and will significantly reduce their asking price.

The talks probably won't even include a second phone call because the teams will be too far apart on compensation. I see the Birds offering a fifth-round pick, maybe going as high as a fourth, and the Bills asking for a second, perhaps going as low as a third-round pick.

There could be a player thrown in to make it work (similar to the trade with Seattle that brought Darryl Tapp to Philadelphia), but outside of an offensive lineman (Max Jean-Gilles or Nick Cole) I don't think the Eagles have anything even the Bills would want.

Omar Gaither could be a guy dangled out there, but the Bills would have to believe he can play inside linebacker in their 3-4. I don't see that as a possibility, but the Bills could be desperate enough to consider it.

These talks are in their infancy right now, and anything actually happening here would be a huge shock. I expect, if anything, for the team just to try to survive the couple weeks that McCoy will miss by rotating Mike Bell, Owen Schmitt, and Joique Bell.

If McCoy must miss any more than that, then we could see a desperation move for a guy like Lynch or perhaps a free-agent pickup.

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