Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk is reporting that the Seahawks have acquired running back Marshawn Lynch from the Buffalo Bills in exchange for a 2011 fourth-round draft pick and a conditional 2012 pick. Seattle has cut Julius Jones to make room for Lynch on the roster.
It was rumored that the Seahawks were pursuing Lynch during the offseason prior to acquiring LenDale White on draft day, however, it was thought that the Bills’ asking price was too high at the time.
The acquisition of Lynch is a statement on the part of the Seahawks that they’re unsatisfied with their running game thus far, and again keeps consistent with the message that Pete Carroll and John Schneider have been sending since they took over - that they’ll continue to add players who can drive competition and force a higher level of play.
Lynch is a tough runner who brings the between-the-tackles presence that Seattle needs to complement the more elusive style of Justin Forsett.
After four games, it’s becoming clear that Forsett is not true featured NFL ‘back and will need a complementary presence to share time with, in the Seattle backfield.
Initially this is a good move by Seattle. To recognize a weakness, and then take fast action to make it better is a sign that the Seattle brass is more pragmatic than ideological and will not just stick with a particular group of players on principal or to make a point.
They really want to win now, and will do whatever it takes to improve this team.
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