2010 NFL Offseason: Chargers Eyeing Lynch?

Kyle WilliamsContributor IFebruary 16, 2010

TORONTO - DECEMBER 3:  Running back Marshawn Lynch #23 of the Buffalo Bills runs with the ball for yardage during their NFL game against the New York Jets on December 3, 2009  at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Jets defeated the Bills 19-13. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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We all know how LaDanian Tomlinson wants out of San Diego, and with his demand most likely to come true, the Chargers will be left with only one other proven running back, Darren Sproles. The little guy hasn’t proved to be a starter yet—only proving to be a good backup. And with only one year remaining on his contract, the Chargers have to be searching for a running back this offseason.

The NFL Draft seems to be the most logical place to fill your needs, except when your team needs are too much for the prospects in the Draft. The running back class isn’t star studded—or at least not yet. C.J. Spiller, the top running back, will be gone by the time the Chargers get a chance to take him, and the other backs (Jonathan Dwyer, Toby Gerhart, and Jahvid Best) may not be the right choices to start in their first year.

So with the Draft unlikely to give the Chargers a starter, it appears that they will look to either free agency or the trading block. Well, in Buffalo, they are set on Fred Jackson as their starter, leaving former first round pick, Marshawn Lynch, unhappy. Considering how the Chargers are in need of a starter, and knowing that Lynch has had successful seasons as a starter in the past, wouldn’t it make sense for these two to unite?

Although nothing has been announced yet, the speculation of the Chargers trading for Lynch is swirling around the the rumor mill. With two seasons over 1,000 yards and seven or more touchdowns in his first two years, Lynch would appear to have good value on the market. Well, his value is certainly diminished with his off-the-field struggles, including a four game suspension in 2009.

Trading for Lynch would be a great move for San Diego, even with the baggage that Lynch brings. In what is a high octane offense, Philip Rivers will need a talented running back to set the tone and switch the pace up. Although Sproles may be able to do that, it certainly wouldn’t hurt to have someone of Lynch’s caliber in your backfield.

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