The latest breaking NFL trade news is that the Seattle Seahawks have officially given a 2011 fourth round pick and a conditional pick in the 2012 draft to Buffalo for embattled running back Marshawn Lynch.
Many people have been expecting a move like this for a long, long time.
It has been clear that the Bills were dissatisfied with Lynch, who not only failed to produce what they expected of him, but who had a lot of legal trouble since entering the NFL four years ago.
This move, though, has to seem a little out of left field, which leads us to the cons for the Buffalo Bills:
1. Marshawn Lynch was their top running back. The Bills have a lot invested in rookie C.J. Spiller, but relying on him heavily during his rookie season could spell trouble for an already troubled Bills squad.
2. This leaves the Bills only two deep at running back. While there are teams that can pull that off, it could be tough for the Bills considering that one of them is a rookie and both run the risk of injury considering the level of competition that they are playing against.
However, the pros outweigh the cons:
1. For a team that is trying to rebuild, a fourth round pick in April's draft and a conditional in 2012 is a great step towards bringing in talent that will play the kind of football that Chan Gailey plays.
2. Getting Marshawn Lynch out of Buffalo removes a huge distraction from the team. Between his remarkably dumb comments, viral YouTube videos, and constant off-field issues, Lynch is a distraction that no team needs.
3. This gives Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller better opportunities to showcase their talents. While the increased playing time could be dangerous, Fred Jackson is absolutely capable of a 1,000+ yard season, and C.J. Spiller could be too.
Now, as far as things go with the Seahawks, this kind of move makes a lot of sense:
1. Even though the Seahawks are carrying three deep at the running back position, they lack a good rotational power back. Marshawn Lynch will fit in nicely as a guy they can put in to pick up some tough yardage.
2. Picking up Lynch allows the Seahawks to park with Julius Jones, who seems to either be in the dog house or a bad fit for the offensive scheme that Pete Carroll wants to run.
3. An improved running game will help out the rest of the offense. The Seahawks are resting at a dismal 27th in the NFL in rushing yards per game, which in turn puts a lot of pressure on Matt Hasselbeck and the passing offense. If the Seahawks can balance out their attack, they can expect to have a lot more success down the stretch.
Marshawn Lynch has the opportunity for a fresh start in Seattle. He has only been in the NFL for four years, so it is not too late for him to clean up his act, and this change in scenery is the perfect way to do that. It is very possible that the Seattle Seahawks will rein him in and get him to perform like he should.
As for the Bills, they definitely won in this situation. They got two decent picks for a player who was not in the future plans of the organization, and they got rid of a major distraction. They also opened up a roster spot for a player they feel can actively contribute to the team.
The Buffalo Bills get an A on this one, while the Seahawks may be more suited in the B range.